How to Get Rid of Tartar on Teeth at Home

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The sticky film that clings to your teeth is called plaque. Plaque that's left to harden becomes tartar. According to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies," plaque can harden 50% within two days and become as hard as a rock after about 12 days. Once rock-hard tartar cements itself to your teeth, you will need a professional cleaning to remove it, but you can prevent, or minimize, tartar buildup with good oral care at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Tartar-control toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Anti-plaque mouthwash
  • Choose a toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Look for one with soft, round bristles. "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies" reports that such a brush is gentle on tooth enamel yet effective at removing plaque.

  • Apply a small amount of tartar-control toothpaste on your toothbrush. Make certain that the toothpaste brand has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval, suggests Delta Dental Insurance.

  • Brush all sides of each tooth in a circular motion. Brush for at least 2 minutes, twice a day. Concentrate on the back and lower teeth, where tartar tends to accumulate most, "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies" recommends.

  • Floss your teeth after brushing. Use floss between and around each tooth to loosen and remove plaque and any food particles.

  • Rinse with an anti-plaque mouthwash.

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