How can I remove tartar from my teeth quickly with baking soda? What are the different methods for softening tartar on teeth? And what other remedies are available to get rid of tartar?
I. Why do we already have tartar on our teeth?
Tartar arises when dental hygiene fails to properly remove plaque. Plaque is a deposit that forms on teeth, made up of both food and germs.
It’s important to note that it only takes 24 hours for plaque to form.
Plaque appears with every meal, so it’s inevitable.
If brushing isn’t done or isn’t done properly, plaque builds up.
Plaque accumulates on the teeth and calcifies within a few days. This is what we call tartar.
For this and many other reasons, careful, regular brushing (at least twice a day) is essential.
II. How to remove tartar quickly with baking soda
1. Baking soda and lemon to soften tartar
Because it is a calcified deposit on the surface of teeth, tartar is hard to remove.
Frequent brushing removes plaque, but not tartar.
Scaling is a special treatment performed by a dentist.
Nevertheless, it is possible to soften tartar, enough to get rid of it more easily.
Dampen your toothbrush and apply a mixture of bicarbonate and salt. Brush your teeth for 3 minutes.
This mixture will act on tartar by attacking the bacteria that form it, since bicarbonate is an antibacterial.
Then rinse your mouth with half a glass of lukewarm water, to which you’ve added a tablespoon of lemon juice. Rinse for one minute.
The acidifying action of the lemon, combined with that of the bicarbonate and salt, will soften the tartar. Then it’s easy to remove from your teeth. You can use a simple toothpick to rub it into your teeth.
Then gargle with mouthwash.
Use this tip only once a week. Otherwise, the bicarbonate could attack your tooth enamel.
2. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Baking soda can also be mixed with hydrogen peroxide to combat tartar.
Hydrogen peroxide is renowned for its action against anaerobic germs. These are bacteria that thrive in oxygen-poor environments such as the oral cavity.
As with the previous recipe, first, brush your teeth with bicarbonate and salt.
Then use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. This combination allows the hydrogen peroxide to neutralize germs in the mouth. All thanks to its high oxygen concentration.
Now it’s time to rinse with clean water and remove tartar with a toothpick.
All that’s left is to use an antiseptic mouthwash.
3. Toothpaste with baking soda
A wide variety of toothpastes are available on the market. But there are times when you’d like to treat yourself to something more natural, with ingredients you’re familiar with.
You can replace your drugstore toothpaste with homemade toothpaste.
You can make your own baking soda toothpaste.
To do so, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with 8 drops of peppermint EO.
To this mixture, add 3 tablespoons of white clay powder.
Stir gently until you obtain a homogeneous paste.
Your toothpaste is ready. All you need to do is moisten your toothbrush before applying it.
This natural toothpaste will not only whiten your teeth but is also highly effective against tartar.
Baking soda toothpaste keeps for a week, or two if kept in a cool place.
4. Precautions when using baking soda
Baking soda is abrasive. Used too regularly on teeth, it can damage enamel.
To avoid this, don’t use baking soda too often. Use it once a week to be on the safe side. You can even use it less often, if your problem isn’t too serious.
Incidentally, if you have sensitive teeth or gums, it’s advisable to refrain from using baking soda.
III. Other natural remedies to remove tartar from my teeth
1. Descaling with a needle
Homemade descaling can also be done with a needle, more commonly known as a scaling curette.
This tiny instrument, often no larger than 12 cm, is used for home descaling. It can have two ends: a thin one and a wider one.
The narrow end is designed to help you reach the spaces between teeth.
The wider edge is designed to remove tartar from tooth surfaces.
Today, many people use curettes to remove tartar from their teeth. These are available from chemists.
2. Softening tartar with cider vinegar
To soften tartar and make it easier to remove, you can use cider vinegar.
This natural product, derived from the fermentation of apples, has a special pH.
Its acidity makes it an excellent antiseptic. This is why cider vinegar is often used for other types of skin care. Hair care, for example.
Regular use of cider vinegar mouthwash eliminates many bacteria. This automatically softens tartar.
The recipe is simple. Mix a teaspoon of vinegar in a large glass of lukewarm or cold water.
This mixture is used like a conventional mouthwash.
3. Powerful water jets
The hydropulseur, or dental jet, is a device that sends very powerful jets of water onto teeth and gums.
The power and intensity of these jets are evaluated to ensure thorough cleaning of the teeth. Powerful water jets are a way of complementing dental hygiene.
Because brushing alone, even on a regular basis, isn’t always enough, the hydropulseur can be an added bonus.
Water sprayed onto teeth and gums helps to get rid of plaque and tartar. It also makes teeth whiter.
It’s a great way to maintain oral health.