Good dental hygiene and the consumption of certain foods, such as apples, tomatoes and strawberries, can help prevent the appearance of tartar on the teeth.
Tartar, also called tartar or dental calculus, is the hardening of the bacterial plaque due to the deposit of minerals.
This usually causes the teeth to look unattractive, with a yellow or brown coloration and, on the border between the gums and the teeth, the residues may have an even darker color. Therefore, it is perceived as a kind of ‘crust’ on this area.
What should you know about tartar?
To the touch, tartar is rough and, beyond being an aesthetic problem, can lead to the appearance of other health problems. Tartar, when interacting with certain foods (such as sweets, cola drinks and fried foods) releases an acid that can cause cavities.
On the other hand, certain habits such as smoking, alcoholism and excessive consumption of coffee can promote the appearance of tartar. There may also be some genetic predisposition to the production of tartar.
Home remedies for tooth tartar
In addition to maintaining good dental hygiene habits, it is important to periodically visit the dentist for a thorough cleaning. However, you can also take advantage of the benefits of certain home remedies to avoid excess tartar on the teeth.
Many people use baking soda mixed with lemon or salt to strengthen their dental hygiene and maintain the color of their teeth clear, given the properties of these ingredients. It is recommended to mix also with a little water since the flavor can be somewhat strong. Be careful with its use because it can damage the enamel.
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda (10 g).
- 1 teaspoon of salt (5 g).
- Water (quantity needed).
- In a bowl mix the bicarbonate and salt.
- Wet the toothbrush in warm water.
- Insert the toothbrush into the bicarbonate and salt mixture to impregnate it.
- Brush as usual, but try to focus on areas where there is a tendency to accumulate more tartar.
- Repeat at least 2 times a day (morning and night) to get results.
It is another of the dental whiteners par excellence, in addition, this citrus fruit has antibacterial properties that come in handy when it comes to combat tartar.
After using it, rinse well so that the next day, when in contact with the sun, there will be no spots on the skin around the mouth.
The lemon acid in turn could damage or weaken the teeth; therefore, you should use this recipe, at most, once a week.
- The juice of ½ lemon.
- ½ cup of warm water (125 ml).
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- Fill half a cup with warm water. Add the lemon juice.
- Place the water and juice in a glass or cup and stir.
- Swish all over your mouth before going to bed.
- Rinse with a little warm water so you do not have the acid taste.
This substance, so common in homes, also serves to lighten the teeth and remove tartar. You can use this home remedy up to three times a week, always as a rinse, after routine brushing.
- ¼ cup of warm water (62 ml).
- 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide (20 ml).
- Place warm water in a glass and add the oxygenated water. Remove to mix.
- Take a little water and swish for at least 1 minute.
- Spit the mixture and repeat for another minute.
- Rinse with fresh water.
These seeds are ideal for removing accumulated dirt from the teeth. It is only necessary to take a spoonful of them and chew them slowly for one or two minutes. Then, they spit and, with the help of the previously moistened toothbrush, they massage the teeth. Finally, rinse with water.
This aromatic herb that is used in a large number of recipes for flavoring can also help combat the buildup of tartar on the gums. One of the simplest remedies is the following:
- 1 handful of parsley leaves (20 g).
- 1 tablespoon of water (10 ml).
- Wash and chop the parsley leaves well.
- Mix it with water until it forms a paste.
- Place it on the teeth and let it act for about 5 minutes.
- Rinse with plenty of warm water.
Fruits to remove tartar from teeth
Some of them have the ability to whiten our teeth and remove tartar adhering for some time. For this method to result, you must consume them raw and bite them (do not cut them with a knife).
The apple, melon and strawberries are three perfect alternatives to have healthy gums, avoid the accumulation of food and prevent bleeding that appears with brushing. It should be noted that the apple must be eaten with its shell to achieve the desired effect.
Both strawberries and tomatoes can be used by simply cutting them into slices and rubbing them directly on the teeth before each meal.
Another homemade way to combat tartar is to rub the inside of the rind of certain fruits (orange and banana) against the teeth for about 2-3 minutes before and after eating. So, you know, do not throw them away and use them to take care of your teeth!