How to get tartar off your teeth

Updated April 17, 2017

One of the primary causes of poor dental health is tartar because it leads to tooth decay and gum disease. However, removing tartar is a two step procedure. The first step is daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque. Plague is a sticky mix of bacteria that builds up on the teeth and gums. The acids from the bacteria is what causes the damage. The plaque eventually hardens and becomes tartar. Regular visits to the dentist is the second step in protecting your teeth against tartar.

Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Concentrate on the entire surface area of your teeth.

Floss your teeth, the spaces between the teeth and the gum line, once a day with dental floss.

Make an appointment with a dentist to have your teeth cleaned twice a year. Professional cleaning is the best way to remove tartar and ensure good dental health.

Protect your teeth with fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables with the skin still intact scrubs the tartar off your teeth.

Avoid sugared candy. Sugared candy sticks to your teeth and gives bacteria something to cling to.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Dental floss
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Robert Russell began writing online professionally in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is currently working on a book project exploring the relationship between art, entertainment and culture. He is the guitar player for the nationally touring cajun/zydeco band Creole Stomp. Russell travels with his laptop and writes many of his articles on the road between gigs.