The use of the term tartar in dentistry refers to the formation of a hardened layer of plaque on teeth over a considerable period of time. The hardening of plaque is often the result of mineral accumulation found in saliva.
Through this process, the plaque destroys all bacterial population in the oral cavity, but with a twist. The reason for this is that the plaque causes the surface of the tooth enamel to become rough so that it is easy for additional layers of plaque to form. Over time, the plaque accumulates to form tartar.
Tartar formation is accompanied by foul breath of the mouth, poor gum health sometimes accompanied by receding gum lines as well as teeth discoloration. This discoloration is pretty easy to spot especially if it is found above the gum line. The key to effectively prevent tartar is to start with the prevention of plaque. This is achieved by maintaining proper oral hygiene through brushing and flossing.
Once the plaque accumulates and hardens to form tartar, it becomes harder to do this using conventional teeth routine. This is where remedies come in for natural treatment. In the event that the tartar does not show any signs of improvement even after considerable use, it becomes important to seek a dental appointment.
1. Brush Teeth Properly:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Toothbrush with sturdy bristles, appropriate toothpaste, and warm water.
One of the most basic remedies for the maintenance of healthy teeth is using proper brushing techniques. If you have suffered from tartar before, or notice the hardened layer start to form, you must take radical measures during your brushing routine. The first step to this is to make sure that your toothbrush bristles are firm and sturdy, but not excessively so as to result in injured gums. Secondly, increase the frequency of brushing from once daily to at the end of every meal. Follow the directions below to make the best use of this remedy.
- Wet your toothbrush before placing a dollop of toothpaste.
- Brush the outer side of the teeth, ensuring that your brush is held at an angle for improved efficiency.
- Once this is done, brush the inner surface of the teeth.
- Rinse your mouth using warm water. Use this toothbrush after every meal, and especially after sugary snacks and drinks.
2. Chew Sesame Seeds:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A handful of sesame seeds, a dry toothbrush, and warm water.
One of the most effective home remedies used for the removal of tartar involves chewing on sesame seeds. When chewed, the seeds lead to the formation of an abrasive paste-like substance that naturally curbs the surface of the teeth and aids in the removal of tartar. Note, however that this remedy is not intended for ingestion and the seeds must be discarded after use. You will also need a dry toothbrush to help remove the seeds as well as compliment the action of the remedy. Follow the directions below to use sesame seeds for tartar treatment.
- Toss a handful of sesame seeds into your mouth and chew on for 5 – 10 minutes.
- The resulting substance scrubs the tartar off. To make this effective, you need to use a dry toothbrush while at it.
- Rinse your mouth using the warm water and repeat this remedy after every meal.
3. Baking Soda:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of baking soda, a few drops of water, and a toothbrush.
Baking soda is a remedy whose healing properties in the treatment of tartar are attributed to their abrasive properties. When mixed with water, the resulting paste scrubs the surface of the teeth, allowing for the removal of the tartar. The catch when using this remedy is to ensure that you do not use too much baking soda as this can actually have the opposite of the intended effects; it tends to strip the teeth of enamel, the top protective layer. Use the following directions to make the best use of baking soda.
- Wet the toothbrush and gently dab some baking soda on the wet bristles.
- Brush your teeth as normal, making sure you focus on the places where tartar has accumulated.
- Do this for 10 minutes or so, ensuring you use proper brushing techniques for best results. Do not overuse this remedy: thrice weekly over a number of months should show some significant progress.
4. Orange Peels:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Fresh orange peels. Orange peels powder and warm water (optional).
Orange peels are a healthy option when it comes to the natural treatment of tartar. For this remedy, you will need fresh peels whose Vitamin C and citric acid help prevent further accumulation of plaque. In the absence of fresh peels, you can always make use of orange peels powder which works just as well when prepared into a paste. You will notice a significant improvement when this remedy is used on a regular basis.
- Run the orange peels over your teeth, making sure you focus on the most affected part of the teeth.
- In the absence of the peels, place a few drops of warm water on the powder to get a paste. Use a clean finger to apply the paste on your teeth.
- In both cases, do not rinse the remedy off and instead allow it to work overnight. Use these options daily for best results.
5. Chew on Fresh Fruits and Raw Vegetables:
Time Required: Varies depending on one’s preference.
What You Need: Your preferred choice of fruits and vegetables.
One of the easiest ways to deal with tartar while on the go is to chew on fresh fruits and raw veggies. The fiber present in these natural remedies works by rubbing against the teeth, getting rid of tartar in the most natural way. The other benefit of using this option is that it is an excellent way to dislodge food debris stuck in between teeth. Some of the most effective choices include celery sticks, apples, melons, carrots and pears among others.
- Simply chew on your preferred fruits and vegetables as often as you would want to, making this a regular part of your daily diet.
6. Salsa Sauce:
Time Required: Varies depending on your meal.
What You Need: Salsa sauce and your preferred meal accompaniment.
Salsa is a hot sauce popular in Mexican cuisine, and which you can actually use as a natural remedy for the treatment of tartar. This is a simple but reliable remedy in its healing properties as far as proper oral health is concerned. the sauce’s fiery hot taste triggers the production of saliva. When this is combined with the presence of other ingredients in the meal, it acts as an ideal plaque remover. For best results however, this should be done regularly.
- Simply add salsa sauce to your meals.
7. Aloe Vera Mouth Rinse:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of baking soda, 1 cup of warm water, 1/2 tablespoon of aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons of glycerin, and 3 drops of lemon oil.
One of the best natural remedies for the removal of tartar is aloe vera mouth rinse, a mixture of the gel and other effective remedies. The gel also has antimicrobial properties which help destroy bacteria present in the teeth. Add baking soda for its aforementioned benefits as it helps scrub off the tartar. Glycerin provides a perfect medium for the paste while lemon oil adds a refreshing twist to the scrubbing. All the ingredients are mixed in water, resulting in a potent mouth rinse. Prepare the rinsing liquid using the directions indicated below.
- Add the baking soda to the warm water and stir until the effervescence stops.
- Proceed to add the aloe vera gel, glycerin and lemon oil.
- Stir to allow proper mixing.
- Use this mouth rinse daily by taking a sip and swishing in in your mouth for 5 minutes.
- Do not swallow the rinse; instead, spit it and repeat once more.
8. Fruits Rich in Vitamin C:
Time Required: Varies depending on your choice remedy.
What You Need: Choice fruits such as strawberries, pawpaw, lemons, lime, and tomatoes among others.
Fruits rich in Vitamin C work well in the treatment of tartar because the Vitamin is required for the maintenance of proper oral health. When the succulent parts of the fruits are rubbed on the affected teeth, the active ingredients present help fight off tartar by softening the accumulated layers and making them easier to eliminate. Follow the directions below using your preferred fruits.
- Clean your fruits prior to using this remedy.
- Peel the fruit such that the juicy part is exposed as this is what you will need to rub on the affected teeth.
- Let the secreted juice remain on the teeth for about 5 minutes for its healing properties to set in.
- Use this remedy daily for best results.
NOTE: Since tartar results from plaque formation, the remedies used for both conditions tend to overlap. The golden rule when it comes to both conditions, however, is the consistency of best results are desired.