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Tartar removal home remedy

Updated November 21, 2016

The term "tartar" refers to the accumulation of minerals, organic compounds, dental plaque, food particles and debris upon the surface of the teeth. The hard, yellow substance can be difficult to remove once it has formed causing the teeth to be off colour and unattractive. A professional dentist can remove the tartar from teeth; however, for those who would prefer a less expensive alternative there are also several effective home remedies.

Brushing

The first thing that should be done to remove tartar from the teeth is brush. Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day for at least two minutes with a tartar control toothpaste. If possible use an electric toothbrush with a rotating head as this can help to breakdown difficult to remove plaque. Floss at least once a day moving the floss between the teeth and toward the gums. Scrape the floss against the surface of the tooth several times to help remove tartar. Additionally, tartar can be scraped from the surface of the teeth with a dental pick.

Peroxide

Rinsing the mouth with peroxide also can help remove tartar. Mix 1 tbsp of antiseptic mouthwash with 3 tbsp of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Carefully transfer the mixture to your mouth and swish the fluid around, coating the teeth and gums thoroughly. Be careful not to swallow the mixture as hydrogen peroxide can cause vomiting. After one minute of swishing, tilt your head back and gargle. The solution may foam as you preform the procedure, simply spit out the excess fluid and continue. The bubbling is the peroxide reacting with the tartar creating bubbles of pure oxygen. These bubbles can help to loosen the particle of tartar stuck to the surface of the teeth.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has mildly abrasive and bleaching properties. When applied to the surface of the teeth it can help to remove hardened tartar and plaque. When dissolved in water, baking soda helps to clean the teeth by providing a rough surface, polishing the tooth with brushing action. This not only removes tartar, but improves the overall appearance by making teeth look whiter. To use baking soda on teeth, simply add enough water to 1 tsp of baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to a toothbrush and brush the teeth. Rinse with cool water.

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Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.