5 Home Remedies to Remove Plaque From Your Teeth

These remedies are really effective at removing plaque, but use them in moderation because they can be really aggressive and may weaken your teeth with continued use.
5 Home Remedies to Remove Plaque From Your Teeth

Last update: 17 October, 2020

One of the reasons why you should have our teeth cleaned twice a year–at least–is to remove built-up plaque. This, in turn, prevents illnesses like gingivitis and periodontitis and also helps maintain the health and appearance of your teeth.

Additionally, you can occasionally resort to certain home remedies in order to remove tartar from our teeth. Of course, you should only use them with a dentist’s approval. Want to know what they are? Keep reading!

Tartar on teeth: Unsightly and unhealthy

Tartar, or plaque, is that yellowish bacterial overgrowth that attaches itself to the tooth enamel. It’s especially difficult in the areas around the gums. It’s made of mineral salts, food, and other residues that promote bacterial growth.

Over time, it promotes the growth of bacteria and the formation of unsightly stains on your teeth.

Tartar on a person's teeth.

By forming a rough surface for food particles to cling to, it attracts more and more particles, forming a harder layer. Over time, this interacts with certain foods, releasing acids that cause tooth decay and infections

This is why it’s so important to reinforce oral hygiene habits. And, of course, at the first sign of the appearance of plaque, treat it right away.

Remedies for removing tartar build-up

Experts in dentistry indicate that the following remedies can be used occasionally. However, you should never use them on a continuous basis, as they can deteriorate the enamel on your teeth.

1. Baking soda

Baking soda is a classic remedy for removing the plaque and tartar that can form on teeth. Given that it’s abrasive, it’s important to only use it occasionally and in small quantities

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Firstly, combine the two ingredients and moisten with a little water to create a paste.
  • After that, use the paste to brush your teeth and let work for 5 minutes before rinsing with plenty of water.
  • Be sure not to swallow the mixture.
A toothbrush and a spoonful of baking soda.

2. Orange peel

Orange peels are said to contain a certain amount of vitamin C. Therefore, it may be a good remedy for getting rid of tartar buildup. At the same time, it helps fight against bacterial growth and the buildup of residue on the enamel.

Ingredients

  • 1 orange peel

Directions

  • Take a fresh orange peel and rub the inside (white part) across your teeth for three minutes.
  • Brush teeth as usual

3. Strawberries

According to a study, some consume strawberry juice in order to lighten coffee stains on teeth and also to remove tartar. Others prefer simply eating the fruit in its natural state.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe strawberries

Directions

  • Firstly, cut the strawberries into pieces and rub them on your teeth without pressing.
  • You can also puree the strawberries and apply them to your teeth for a few minutes using your toothbrush.
  • Finally, brush as usual.
A woman eating strawberries.

4. Parsley leaves

This plant has antibacterial, astringent properties that can improve your overall oral health. Using parsley in an oral rinse helps remove plaque and kill the bacteria that cause halitosis.

Ingredients

  • 6 parsley leaves
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • Firstly, remove the leaves from the stem and then add them to a cup of boiling water.
  • Let brew for 10 minutes, then gargle with the solution and brush as usual.
  • When this time is up, rinse your mouth with this infusion.
  • Brush your teeth as usual.

5. Homemade toothpaste, a great way to remove plaque

It’s said that this remedy takes advantage of the antibacterial compounds in coconut oil, along with the beneficial properties of baking soda. At the same time, the mint essence helps freshen your breath.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 20 drops mint essential oil

Directions

  • Firstly, combine all the ingredients in a sealable glass container to form a smooth paste.
  • Then scoop a little of the paste with your toothbrush and brush your teeth as if it were regular toothpaste.
  • Rinse with plenty of water.

6. Fresh lemon juice

Just like baking soda, fresh lemon juice can also be used to remove tartar buildup and whiten your teeth. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this liquid can also wear down the enamel of your teeth. Therefore, you should only use this remedy on an occasional basis and using a conservative amount.

Ingredients

  • The juice of ½ a lemon
  • ¼ cup hot water

Directions

  • Dilute the lemon juice into the hot water
  • Use the liquid to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth.
A glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Remember that, as well as using these home remedies, you also have to improve your oral hygiene habits. Floss after you brush, and then use an antibacterial mouth rinse.

Are you ready to get rid of tartar buildup?

The use of home remedies should never take the place of good hygiene habits or visits to your dentist. Therefore, if you decide to use them, do so occasionally and take proper precautions.

The best way to prevent tartar from forming is by maintaining good nutritional habits, brushing your teeth after eating, using floss to remove traces of food between your teeth, and rinsing with mouth wash.

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