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Everybody loves to see people smiling. A smile warms your heart, brightens your day, comforts you, strengthens you, and even gives you courage. You should smile to others, too. If you’re worried that your yellow teeth, with plaque and tartar are going to ruin your lovely smile, we’ve got you covered! Want to know how to remove Plaque & Tartar from Teeth at Home Naturally fast well we have for you a couple of natural, homemade remedies which wil solve all your issues

What is Plaque?

Even if everyone is scared of it and wants to get rid of it, dental plaque is a natural biofilm around your teeth and its presence is quite normal. Moreover, it plays an important role in the defense against microbes. Dental plaque keeps a natural and stable microbial homeostasis in the mouth with a predominant neutral pH.

Plaque formation is a dynamic process. The teeth lose minerals when acidic foods are ingested and the dental plaque becomes temporarily acidic. In between meals, the saliva will replenish the minerals in teeth back again.

However, at the frequent intake of fermenting carbohydrates and acidic foods the pH becomes predominantly acidic, the balance is broken and acid-loving microbes overmultiply, leading to caries and dental diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and infections.

What is Tartar?

When the oral hygiene is poor and the food intake is too acidic, regularly, the salts in saliva combine with the plaque and becomes a hard crust around teeth. This is what dental specialists call tartar.

Tartar can be seen above the gums and around the teeth as a yellowish-brownish buildup. Due to its porous texture, it stains easily with colored foods.

Once formed, as a calcareous-like crust on your teeth, it is hard to remove. The more it stays, the more it hardens and it’s harder and harder to remove. Moreover, the bacteria hosted in the plaque produces toxins that harm the teeth and gums. Pockets and gaps are formed between teeth and gums. Infections from residual food and bacteria together can occur in those hidden, humid places.

When gums get infected and start bleeding is called gingivitis.

When the infection is not treated, plaque and tartar not removed, and gums not healed, the tissues around the tooth roots get softer and softer, and the infection goes deeper to the bones. The gums retreat more and more. This is called periodontitis.

In time, the bacteria and infection from your gums and mouth migrate into your body, through your throat, down to your digestive system, heart, and lungs. Your immune system is impaired. Your whole is becoming sick, little by little.

As you can see, only brushing your teeth one time a day is not enough. More needs to be done for your oral health.

Factors that Contribute to Plaque and Tartar Formation

Your mouth is the welcoming nest of over 300 species of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and various microbes. Some are beneficial and even necessary for your health, while others are bad, such as caries-causing bacteria (Streptococci, Lactobacilli, Veillonella, Actinomyces).

There is a rich and varied microbial flora in your mouth and some of it is part of the dental plaque. It is a natural part of your oral health. However, any imbalance in the microbial flora will have bad consequences for your health.

  1. Excess sugar and carbohydrates
  2. Acidic drinks and foods
  3. Smoking
  4. Not flossing after each meal
  5. Not brushing your teeth regularly, on a daily basis
  6. Not visiting your dentist for regular check-ups
  7. Chronic diseases (diabetes)

Top 5 Tips on How to Prevent Plaque and Tartar on your Teeth

The good news is that tartar and plaque formation can be prevented, not only eliminated. The preventive methods are easy to implement, natural and help you avoid unwanted diseases and health complication.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, thoroughly, for 2 minutes, preferably after each meal, to clean your teeth. Use a soft to medium toothbrush.
  2. Floss after each meal.
  3. Use the Oil Pulling method
  4. Consult your dentist regularly, every 6 months, to check on your teeth.
  5. Avoid sugar, candies, soda drinks, acidic foods, smoking.

Home Remedies to Remove Plaque & Tartar from Teeth at Home Naturally

Oil Pulling Method to Remove Tartar:

Oil Pulling is a natural, efficient and scientifically proven method used in Ayurveda, the 5,000 years old Traditional Indian Medicine, which treats over 30 chronic diseases and infections, such as headaches, diabetes, asthma, digestive problems, mouth and throat infections, halitosis and other dental problems. But did you know that Oil Pulling is good to remove tartar from your teeth as well?
A recent study on oil pulling traditional method has confirmed that oil pulling with coconut oil reduces plaque.

How to Do the Oil Pulling Method

As weird as it may sound, the oil pulling method basically consists in sucking oil in your mouth. But it’s so much more than that. The oil acts as a natural cleaning and purifying agent, with antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties (depending on the type of oil used).

You can do it while you shower, while you prepare the breakfast for your kids, while you style your hair, while you get dressed, while you iron your shirt, while checking emails or writing a presentation. It’s a saving time activity that you can do while you actually do something else important.

Do this early in the morning, right after you wake up, on an empty stomach, before brushing your teeth. Don’t drink anything. Otherwise, all the toxins from your mouth will go be flushed with the water into your digestive system and from there, in all your body.

Oil Pulling in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Take 1-2 tablespoons of cold pressed oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish the oil, suck it between your teeth and pull it through all your mouth.
  3. Work it in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, through all the corners of your mouth, up and down, right and left, back and forth.
  4. Spit out the wasted oil in the toilet. Never swallow it.
  5. Rinse your mouth with warm water and spit it out. Don’t swallow.

Does the Oil Pulling Method Work Observation:

Do the swish and pull moves gently, you’ll have sore jaws. If you feel the need to gag, persist and continue swishing the oil. Stick with the method daily. In a few days, the gag reflexes will disappear. Don’t spit the wasted oil in the sink, as it will clog the plumbing. Always use the toilet for that.

Don’t swallow the oil at the end, as it’s filled with microbes and toxins. Use a tongue cleaner, to remove any remaining oil coating.

After the last step (rinsing your mouth) you can finally brush your teeth as usually and floss.

Within one-two weeks will notice the difference in the cleanliness of your mouth, whiteness of your teeth and smell of your breath.

What Kind of Oil Should I Use?

Coconut oil, Sesame oil, and Olive oil are the best oils you can use for this method. Make sure they are cold pressed and not refined, otherwise, all the properties and benefits are destroyed during the processing.

How to Remove Plaque from Teeth with Baking Soda

Baking soda is actually a salt made of sodium and bicarbonate. It is white, crystalline, salty, bitter, and alkaline.

Baking soda is a mild disinfectant and an effective antifungal. It can be used for plaque removal, as it neutralizes acidic solutions, releasing CO2, which is why is used in indigestions and heartburns.

Baking soda helps in whitening teeth, within 30 minutes from use, studies show. That is why it has been included in mouthwashes and toothpaste.

Studies have proven that brushing your teeth with baking soda reduced the dental plaque. Five different controlled clinical studies on more than 270 volunteer subjects have shown that baking soda is an effective natural way to significantly reduce and remove plaque.

Toothbrush Baking Soda Powder

Have a jar with baking soda in your bathroom. When you want to brush your teeth:

  • Wet your toothbrush.
  • Pour baking powder on your toothbrush to cover it.
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly, as usual, for about 2 minutes.
  • Rinse your mouth with water.

Apple Cider Vinegar

It is known that apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic, teeth and gums cleanser, and whitening agent.

ACV contains acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes which act synergically to kill the harmful bacteria, while being friendly to the beneficial probiotic ones.

Due to its natural acidity it helps break down the plaque and tartar from teeth and it also removes stains.

You can use it as a natural, liquid toothbrush or as a mouthwash.

Brush your teeth with apple cider vinegar

Pour apple cider vinegar on your toothbrush and then work it on your teeth, as you would usually do. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water at the end.

Brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste. Rinse well.

Use it for at least one month to see remarkable results.

Apple cider vinegar as Mouthwash

Dissolve 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water and rinse your mouth well. Gargle it to clean your throat as well. Rinse with lukewarm water at the end.

Citrus Peels

Due to their essential oils and beneficial acids, lemon and orange peels break the plaque and whiten the teeth.

Brush your teeth with fresh peels or you can use a natural essential oil of lemon or orange instead.

Rinse your mouth with water.

Rub Fresh Strawberries on your Teeth

Besides the romantic chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberries with champagne or whipped cream, you can use these lovely and aromatic fruits in a more prosaic, yet beneficial way, to remove plaque from your teeth and make them whiter.

Strawberries have antioxidant properties and lots of vitamin C, which are very good for your oral health.

Mash 5 fresh strawberries and brush your teeth with this yummy puree.

As delicious as it may be, you can’t swallow it, as it will be full of toxins and microbes.

Rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Activated Charcoal

As paradoxically as it may seem, black charcoal whitens the teeth and removes plaque. It is highly absorbent, as it draws toxins and microscopic particles.

Put powdered activated charcoal on your toothbrush and brush your teeth.

Rinse with water.

However, if you have crowns, caps, and porcelain veneers on your teeth, don’t use charcoal.

Hydrogen Peroxide

A natural antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent, hydrogen peroxide can be used a mouthwash to remove plaque and tartar, treats gingivitis and periodontitis, maintain your oral hygiene, and whiten your teeth.

Mix ½ part water and ½ part hydrogen peroxide in a glass

Swish it in your mouth for 1 minute, gargle with it. Don’t swallow.

Rinse with lukewarm water.

Neem Powder and Oil

Neem leaves and twigs are a powerful natural antibiotic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and have been used to successfully remove plaque and tartar in Ayurveda.

Now, science confirms that neem has antiplaque properties. Neem reverses gingivitis and periodontitis.

Use neem powder on your toothbrush and rub it on your teeth as you would normally do. Rinse with water.

Pour a few drops of neem oil alone or in combination with baking soda on your toothbrush and brush your teeth. Rinse with water.

Combine neem powder and 2 drops of neem oil on your toothbrush and brush your teeth.

Neem oil has a slightly unpleasant, bitter, pungent taste. You’ll get used to it after a couple of uses.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera has natural antioxidant, healing, antimicrobial properties. Studies have determined that aloe vera helps in periodontitis and gingivitis, reduced bleeding and plaque.

Cut fresh an aloe vera leaf, collect the inner gel with a teaspoon.

Put the aloe vera gel on your toothbrush and brush your teeth for 2 minutes.

Do this after each meal, at least twice a day. Rinse with water.

Essential Oils for Plaque Removal

Essential oils with antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial properties, such as Tea-tree oil, Rosemary oil, Ginger Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Clove oil, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil are great to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Prevent plaque formation, reduce gingivitis, kill harmful bacteria, restores your natural pH balance.

Mix 3 tablespoons of marine salt with 2 tablespoons baking soda and add 5 drops of essential oil in a glass jar. Keep it in your fridge or in the bathroom and brush your teeth daily with some of this aromatic and beneficial mixture.

Or combine 1 tablespoon of Coconut oil with 1-2 drops of essential oil. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes. Spit the residue out and rinse with water. Don’t swallow it. End by brushing your teeth with your regular toothpaste.

Rinse your mouth with Black or Green tea

Studies show that green and black tea has antibacterial properties and killed Streptococcus mutans, the cavities-responsible bacteria.

Make a concentrated infusion with Black or Green tea and rinse your mouth.

Make a powder from Green or Black tea and brush your teeth with it.

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