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How to Remove Tartar from Teeth? All you Need to Know!

tartar and plaque

Virtually everyone has some amount of dental plaque regardless of how much they floss and brush. Many trusts that their dentists will remove the plaque build-up when they visit the dental office twice a year for check-ups.

But, before we start, we need to explain what is tartar and plaque.

Dental plaque is a sticky layer containing millions of bacteria that grow on your teeth and increase in number over time. Bacteria in dental plaque can cause tooth decay, cavities, and even gum disease if it is not eliminated regularly by brushing and flossing twice a day.

The bacteria work with the sugars and starches in food to create acids that erode your teeth’ enamel. If this continues for a long time, the enamel can wear away, leading to tooth decay. And you don’t brush or floss enough, dental plaque can harden into what’s called tartar. If bacteria, plaque, and tartar build-up, your gums can become inflamed, red, and even bleed when you brush your teeth. When this happens, it is a sign of a mild gum disease known as gingivitis. If this disease gets worse, periodontal disease can occur, which can lead to tooth loss.

Of course, people sometimes don’t believe that this can happen. Because most of the time, we are busy doing other things that we don’t pay enough attention to things like our health. And once we realize that something is wrong with our oral health, it is too late to act; the problem got bigger.

Tartar is noticeable if it builds up above your gums. You can distinguish it with a more or less yellowish color. However, figuring out how to remove tartar from teeth will not be easy without going to the dentist. So, check these tips to get rid of this dental problem!

1. Visit your Dentist at Least Twice a Year!

The first and probably the most important of the list is visiting your dentist at least twice a year. A dentist will remove tartar and plaque buildup in ways that cannot be replicated at your home. A lot of people worry about this process because they think it is going to hurt. But a dentist will only eliminate the excess of tartar and plaque in a nice, comfortable way.

So, if you are interested in maintaining excellent oral health and hygiene, getting rid of tartar from your teeth’s surface should be a top priority. Tartar, also known as dental calculus, is a crusty film that can stain your teeth, causing discoloration and other problems.

Tartar deposits grow when the plaque from the surface of teeth is not removed entirely. When minerals in your saliva mix with plaque, it will produce crystals that harden into tartar. We want to let you know that once plaque transforms into tartar, only a dental professional will be able to remove it from the surface of your teeth.

Brushing and flossing can keep plaque under control. But if you do notice an additional increase in plaque accumulation, here are some home remedies to remove plaque from your teeth. We advise you always check with your dentist first before starting any home remedy.

2.-Baking Soda

baking soda teeth

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Baking soda helps neutralize the acids in your mouth, thereby reducing the number of bacteria accumulated there.

  1. Mix two small tablespoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of salt.
  2. Dampen your brush and dip it in the mixture.
  3. You can also mix the small tablespoon of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. 
  4. Brush your teeth and gums with the paste gently.

Do not overuse baking soda as it can affect the enamel of your teeth with prolonged use.

3. Use Toothpaste and Mouthwash Designed to Loosen Plaque

mouthwash

There are dental hygiene products specially formulated with tetrasodium pyrophosphate that controls the accumulation of plaque and tartar. Special mouthwashes help control tartar buildup by removing calcium and magnesium from saliva. Similarly, specifically formulated kinds of toothpaste inhibit calcium and magnesium from adhering to the surface of the teeth. Consult with your dentist before using these products we recommend.

3. Buy a Pressure Washer

 A water pick can help remove food particles from your teeth and might help reduce bleeding and gum disease, but it isn’t generally recognized as a substitute for brushing and flossing. It doesn’t usually remove visible film and plaque on your teeth but can reduce bacteria even below the gumline.

A water flosser is a cleaning device that you can use at home that sprays water under pressure between your teeth and gums. A water cleanser cleans teeth differently from the traditional way of brushing and flossing as it uses water to remove tartar from the teeth.

How Often to Have Tartar Removed?

The ADA now states that dental visits’ frequency should depend on your oral health and your dentist’s recommendation. Many dentists advise getting a dental cleaning and checkup every six months, and more often than that if you have gum disease or are at risk of gum disease (if you smoke or have diabetes, for example). 

You’ll also need more frequent cleanings if you’re prone to plaque (and thus tartar) formation. So, if you are ready to book an appointment with your Tijuana Dentist to get those pearly white clean, let us know! 

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