How to Remove Tooth Tartar at Home

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Tartar is mineral deposits found on the teeth. Over time, the amount of tartar can build up and, if not controlled, can lead to periodontal disease, according to World Dental, Dental Health Magazine. While the most effective way to remove tooth tartar is to visit a dentist for a professional cleaning, you can take some steps at home to help remove or reduce the amount of tooth tartar.

How to Remove Tooth Tartar at Home
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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Cup
  • Toothbrush
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dental pick
  • Antiseptic mouth wash
Step 1

Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a small cup. Wet your toothbrush with warm water, and dip the brush into this solution.

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Step 2

Vigorously scrub the teeth with this mixture. Spit periodically and dip the toothbrush into the mixture; continue to scrub your teeth for five minutes.

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Step 3

Mix a cap full of hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 cup of warm water. Gargle with this solution for one minute, then spit and rinse with 1/2 cup of cool water.

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Step 4

Scrape the yellow tartar from the teeth with a professional-grade dental pick. Do not scrape the gums, as this will cause irritation and possible damage. The aforementioned steps will soften tartar, allowing it to be easily removed from a tooth.

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Step 5

Rinse with an antiseptic cleanser, and repeat every other day to control tartar buildup.

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