Saturday, 22 October 2016



Brushing teeth every day, proper flossing, oral hygiene, regular dental checkups are important to maintain good oral health.
Neglecting any of these can really create a havoc on teeth and gums. Improper brushing can lead to plaque formation that when ignored forms tartar, a solidified plaque. This would finally lead to several teeth and gum diseases. Therefore, it is important to know how to remove tartar from teeth so as to prevent the other threatening oral diseases.
Tartar is a yellowish brown calcified material formed on the surface of teeth. It contains hardened mineral deposits of the saliva, bacterial debris and plaque that make it porous and crusty. Chalky substance called tartar is caused due to the continuous accumulation of minerals from saliva on the teeth. When the tartar build up is ignored for a long time, it causes bad breath, yellowing and browning of the teeth.

Tartar is harmful as it is hard and porous. This porosity causes to build up several harmful bacteria inside the tartar. It therefore causes gum diseases, cavities in the teeth and also loss of teeth. If tartar is not removed, it keeps on accumulating and calcifying. If plaque is not cleared from the teeth, it hardens into tartar, which causes damage to the enamel and increases the risk of gum disease. Tartar damages the teeth and gums, which can lead to severe diseases like gingivitis, impacts bone health by causing bone degeneration or even heart disease in severe cases.
Tartar cannot be easily removed and often requires professional help. Dentists may need to remove tartar using various instruments by scaling. The process may require plenty of patience and is also painful, if the tartar has been accumulated over the years and has affected the gum line. The best prevention is through proper oral care, brushing vigilantly and flossing regularly. An amazing home remedy for tartar removal and preventing it from growing further is as follows:
You will need…
  • 40 grams nutshells
  • 1 cup of water

  • Boil the nutshells in a pot of water for 20 minutes.
  • Leave it to cool, and then strain and soak your toothbrush in this liquid.
  • Give your teeth a 5- minute-brush.
  • Do this treatment 3 times a day and in 7-14 days the plaque will disappear.
DISCLAIMER: Please NOTE this is more a preventative method and will not eliminate tartar as fast as your dentist will once you have a build-up.
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