How to Remove Stains & Tartar

Updated March 28, 2018

Tartar is composed of mineral deposits, or plaque, that have hardened on your teeth. Since tartar is porous, it stains very easily. The best treatment for tartar is prevention. Brushing regularly will help loosen plaque from your teeth, which will in turn help with the tartar problem. If you have a build up of tartar and have noticed stains on your teeth, you can eliminate the stains by just changing a few of your daily habits.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, every day. Floss daily, as this will help remove plaque, which may later harden and turn into tartar build-up.

Avoid stain-causing beverages such as coffee, tea, soda and red wine. If you choose to consume these beverages, brush your teeth as soon as you are finished drinking them.

Snack on healthy, crunchy foods such as carrots, celery and apples. These foods help to naturally remove food particles that have been left on your teeth.

Rinse with mouthwash in the morning and evening. Antiseptic mouthwash has been shown to remove plaque, which is a precursor to tartar.

Combine 1 tsp of baking soda with a pinch of salt. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush well. This well help remove unsightly stains on your teeth.

Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check up. Seeing your dentist is the only way to remove unwanted plaque from your teeth. If you still have issues with stained teeth, discuss whitening options with your dentist.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (tartar control)
  • Floss
  • Healthy foods (carrots, celery and apples)
  • Antiseptic mouthwash (such as Listerine)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • salt
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Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.