The sticky, soft film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth, dental fillings, gums, and tongue is called plaque. But, when multiple layers of plaque combine with minerals present in your saliva, it hardens into a white, chalky calcified substance called tartar.
This creates a breeding ground for the oral bacteria that feed on sugars from the food you eat. Also, it forms acid during this process that breaks down the tooth enamel, leading to dental cavities. Bacteria also produce toxins causing various gum problems.
Several factors contribute to plaque buildup, such as improper oral hygiene, bad brushing technique, heredity and lack of professional care.
In addition to regular dental hygiene, you can use this homemade recipe to remove plaque and tartar. Remember, once the tartar has mineralized on your teeth, it is extremely difficult to remove.
- One spoonful of baking soda (aluminum free)
- Half a teaspoon of sea salt
- Half a cup of hydrogen peroxide
- Antiseptic mouthwash
- Half a cup of warm water
- Half a cup of cold water
- One cup
Mix the sea salt and the baking soda in a cup with a little water, enough to form a paste. Next, moist the brush with warm water and then with the paste you’ve prepared, brush the teeth gently and then, spit. Do this for five minutes.
Mix the warm water and the hydrogen peroxide to rinse the mouth for one minute and rinse again with the cold water. Remove the yellowish scale with the floss but don’t irritate or hurt the gums. Use the mouthwash to get better results and get cleaner mouth.
You should always try to brush at least twice a day with a toothbrush in good condition and with a considerable amount of toothpaste. Also, brush the tongue because it can support the growth of bacteria leading to the accumulation of tartar. Do not forget to floss regularly.