Be Your Own Dentist! Here are Tricks to Remove Tartar Buildup at Home

Posted on Aug 21 2015 - 8:23pm by admin@myilifestyle.com

Mineral deposit on teeth is known as tartar. As time passes by, the amount of tartar increases and if you don’t take care, it can cause periodontitis.

Of course, the best way to remove tartar is paying a visit to your dentist, but another way is to remove tartar at home.

Tartar

To do so, you will need:

Baking soda

Toothbrush

Hydrogen peroxide

Salt

Water

Cup

Dental pick

Antiseptic mouth wash

Baking soda is the most popular and effective tool for removing plaque.

Step 1:

First, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with ½ teaspoon of salt into the cup. After you wet the toothbrush with warm water, dip it into the mixture. Scrub teeth with it and spit. Continue the same process for five minutes.

Step 2:

Mix a cup full with hydrogen peroxide with ½ cup of warm water and rinse your mouth for one minute, then spit and rinse with ½ cup of cool water.

Step 3:

Rub the yellow tartar from teeth with a dental pick. Be careful not to scrape the gums because it may irritate and damage them.

Step 4:

Rinse mouth with an antiseptic mouth wash and repeat every second day.

Here are some other advices to help you keep your beautiful smile.

Strawberries and Tomatoes

Tomatoes and strawberries are rich in vitamin C which is excellent for oral health. You can rub these fruits directly onto your teeth and let it sit for 5 minutes. This way the tartar build-up will soften.

Rinse your mouth with baking soda mixed with warm water afterwards. Also, you can use the same procedure with other food that contains vitamin C, like bell peppers, berries, lemons, lime, oranges and papaya.

Cheese
Eating a Swiss or Cheddar cheese before meals helps neutralize the acids that involve plaque creation. An ingredient in aged cheese works as a barrier agent.

Moreover, there are other things that you can add into your oral health routine:

-Brush your teeth regularly with a soft brush and make vertical movements. Pay attention on the space between gums and teeth.

-Floss regularly.

-Consuming spicy food stimulates salivary glands. That way saliva cleans mouth in a natural way.

– Fight bacteria with an orange peel rub on teeth before going to bed and don’t rinse mouth.

62 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. ashutosh August 23, 2015 at 3:41 am - Reply

    Thanks to share such useful information
    Keep it up.

    • admin@myilifestyle.com August 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you found it informative. Thanks a lot for the encouraging comment!

  2. Dr.Gomatthi Chinnaswamy August 23, 2015 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Is it safe for every one to use baking soda ?
    Some people might be sensitive to it.So it’s better to try with smaller amount in the start !

    • Susan Snow August 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      I’ve used baking soda for 25 years. I wet my brush apply Sensodyne toothpaste and dip into baking soda. My teeth are super white and my gums are ridiculously healthy.

  3. Priyanka August 24, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for share such useful information.

  4. Harun August 24, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I dont understand step 2…

  5. Paul August 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Hydrogen peroxide? What dilution is recommended as it comes in different concentrations for different purposes.

  6. Tracy August 25, 2015 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    This is some of the worst advice I have ever seen! Just curious…..do you have a degree in dentistry?? Using baking soda on a regular basis is very abrasive on the teeth which in turn can cause erosion to the enamel and sensitivity. Rubbing citrus fruits on teeth? Are you kidding me? The acid from the citrus can cause erosion on the teeth, which in turn causes sensitivity, in some cases sensitivity bad enough to the point that restorative dentistry needs to be done. We see it all the time with people that suck on lemons! And suggesting using a “dental pic” as you call it…it’s called a scaler; should NEVER be done by anyone other than a hygienist or dentist. You can cause damage to the gum tissue if you don’t know what you’re doing. Stupid advice! All of it is nonsense! Don’t do any of these things! Get the tarter/calculus removed by a professional!

    • livio September 2, 2015 at 4:34 am - Reply

      thanks tracy

    • Ece September 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      I have a degree in dentistry and I totally agree!

    • james sweeting September 10, 2015 at 1:01 am - Reply

      some poor people need help I will take the advice I grew up using backing soda or hard wood ash I got all my chops I am 62

      • Kathy September 11, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

        AMEN, James!!! I LOVE that “fresh clean” feeling that I have first following a thorough cleaning at the dentist office. However, not everyone can AFFORD to have dental services done. This article helps those of us who don’t have $$$ to pay for the “luxury” of seeing a dentist

      • Cnb September 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm - Reply

        Exactly. Baking soda and peroxide was always part of my dental regimen for over 35 years even with regular dental visits. Now that my insurance doesn’t cover dental, I am glad I stayed with the regimen. Still have all my teeth as well!!

    • Lori September 27, 2015 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Thanks for your comments. I’m a dental hygienist and I totally concur. Calculus does not only build up above the gum line but also below it destroying the tissues that hold the teeth in the jawbone. This is called periodontal disease and it has negative implications for heart health as well. The bacteria released into the blood stream could lead to a heart attack in a susceptible individual. If people desire to have healthy teeth and gums, they need to floss every day and brush properly with a soft brush, then see a dental professional for cleaning and exams every 6 months.

      • Liz October 2, 2015 at 4:58 am - Reply

        Thank you Lori, for your educated advice. I am a dentist and agree that this home remedy is dangerous to not only your gums but your systemic health as well. It is unfortunate not all of us has dental coverage, I didn’t until recently as well. Stick to the basics people! Brushing and flossing goes a long way to help keep your teeth and gums healthy! As far as home remedies are concerned. I truly believe they can be helpful; my mother used them with me and I have worked closely with a homeopath. It is important to know when a home remedy is useful and when you need to seek professional help! Physicians and dentists go to school for many years to learn their specialty. Importantly, if you have let the calculus build up as much as it has in the picture you are in serious need of professional health — see your dentist and hygienist.

    • alicia September 27, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Thanks tracy i was gonna try it till i read ur post

    • Toni September 27, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Tracy: What if a person has no dental insurance and has kids that she needs to spend her money on, so there is no way she can afford to go to a hygenist or dental professional? What suggestions do you have? Should that person just do nothing and hope for the best?

      • EmmaJane September 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm - Reply

        There are many places that offer free or reduced price dental services for those that can’t afford it. Call your united way or do an online search to find them.

        • Liz October 2, 2015 at 5:00 am - Reply

          Thank you EmmaJane. There are many community clinics that offer services for reduced or sliding scale fees.

    • Yvonne Bongle November 3, 2015 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Quit being such a know-it-all. Not every one can afford to go to a dentist or even have dental insurance for that matter. If it even helps a little bit, then it’s better for them to try it than to let their teeth and gums go to pot. Just my opinion and probably many others.

    • Sharon January 1, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Happy I read your comment was thinking if this is at all possible without pain.

    • Sherry January 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      These are for people like me, who, maybe cannot afford to get into a ‘professional’. I’m glad ‘you’ have the money to have this taken care of but a lot of people do not!
      This is very sound advice for people who are looking to take care of this on their own.
      We are maybe looking for a change, maybe, from chemicals perhaps. People who want to or who can afford conventional dentistry won’t search these sites @ look into this type of information.

    • Patricia Pike April 4, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      I am not a dentist, but I do have a powerful story about baking soda. I was visiting my next-door neighbor once, who was in her 80s and she was telling me this story about a time she was in the hospital to have surgery and the nurse said, “Mrs. Boswell, I need you to give me your teeth.” and she replied, “Well, I’d love to except their mine.” And the nurse said, “Now, Mrs. Boswell, you don’t need to be embarrassed. All people your age have false teeth.” My friend replied, “Well, you can try if you like.” The nurse then looked in her mouth and said, “For goodness sakes, those are your teeth!” to which Toggy replied, “I tried to tell you.” Afterwards, she told me that all she used to brush her teeth with her whole life was baking soda. This made more of an impression on me than any other advice could have. And from that day on, I began brushing my teeth with baking soda, and I love it.

    • Lorie Lane April 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      Tracy, I was thinking the same thing. Scalers are not for the patient to use at home to remove tartar. You can break a tooth, especially one of the thinner anteriors. Even a chipped corner can change a person’s appearance when it’s a front tooth. Never mind the pain and sensitivity that might be involved. Not worth the chance to do at home. Might have been well intended, but bad advice.

    • Rachel April 16, 2016 at 6:07 am - Reply

      Thank you Tracy! As a hygienist I was hoping someone with some sense would comment on this ridiculous post. But who knows, maybe it really was meant to be a big joke? 😂 you gotta love the before and after pictures too. I’m pretty sure all that calculus just magically melted away with baking soda and orange peels. Why haven’t we just been using this home remedy all along? I work my fingers to the bone scraping this off all day long the hard way. Who knew?😜

  7. watunga Adams August 26, 2015 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Thanks,I hope it works ?.

  8. Joan August 27, 2015 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Very useful informatiom

  9. Heather August 28, 2015 at 4:30 am - Reply

    This is far from useful information. It can in fact damaging! Please leave things like this to the professionals! Those that are actually trained and educated!

  10. Hate Haters! September 11, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Youre full of it Tracy! It wasn’t until a few short years ago that EVERY one used baking soda and peroxide….funniest thing is peoples teeth were better then than now. And if youll check your ingredients. …..almost ALL toothpaste has baking soda and peroxide.

  11. Elaine September 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    oil pulling is a great way also.

    • Rea October 4, 2015 at 1:30 am - Reply

      Elaine, I may have been mistaken, but did you mention something about “oil pulling”? What is that? I’ve never heard of it.. Thanks so much for your help! ?Rea

  12. Karin September 14, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

    If I still had insurance that allowed a dentist, I would go in a heartbeat! Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen. I am lucky to have enough money for gas a week before I get another check. I will do anything not to get bad teeth until I can get on my feet again after I finish school.

  13. Rosa September 15, 2015 at 2:42 am - Reply

    As a child growing up my mom would have us to brush with baking soda, everyone is always telling me how white my teeth are, til this day I still brush with it on top of my toothpaste. As for the hydrogen peroxide, we’ve alway used that as a mouth cleanse of germs every once and a while. My dentist even says how white my teeth are, so yes this advise is perfectly Safe.

  14. Rea September 15, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I have a similar mixture to whiten teeth, but I never imagined it would work on tarter buildup! I use a slight variation of this recipe as a face & body scrub. This is a great tip. I’m still going to see the dentist, but if can get rid of some of tarter & whiten my teeth, maybe I won’t get fussed at! Thanks for sharing! Any other great home remedies, like for cellulite, wrinkles, etc? ?Rea

  15. Amy Wall September 15, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Oil pulling also does wonders. I am a firm believer that there are natural ways to aid in clean and healthy teeth instead of all the chemicals dentists use. My teeth are cavity free and clean and shiny from oil pulling. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you look it up and try for a couple weeks. Amazing results. No harm in trying, right?

  16. Jremi September 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    This totally works. I was shocked. My brother tried this and it helped to remove much of the build up. He plans to repeat until it is all gone.

  17. alicia September 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Ok so i see good and bad wow what to do

  18. Terri September 29, 2015 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Ok, I am also a hygienist. And for those of you who do not have dental insurance or the money to go to the dentist, the BEST way to reduce plaque and tartar is to brush, floss, and use mouth rinse 2XDay.
    Need to brush using a SOFT toothbrush in a slow motion for at least 2 minutes (making sure to not use too much pressure or brush too fast). Please learn how to properly brush and floss (unfortunately many people do not know how). As far as mouthwash, I personally like to use 2 different types, Listerine and Act or Plax. Listerine is great & I have great results with patients, but it can be too harsh to use more than once a day. Most think Listerine burns, which it does when first using it. Dilute it with water 50/50 and every few days increase the Listerine part…… it will ease you into its use.
    Of course, regular visits are recommended but if you are not able to go every 6 months, then this will help reduce your buildup.

  19. Jay September 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I have done some of these and they work great. Thanks
    My comment is directed at those who claim that “only” a professional knows how to use certain tools or that this is the worst advice ever. In May I was able to see a dentist for the first time in 5 or more years and I have more tartar build up now than I did before simply because I was using all natural and The method and products used are horrible for people. I applaud people who are trying to Turning outside the box and help themselves.

  20. La Ronda October 1, 2015 at 5:15 am - Reply

    I want to say thank you for the information. For all of you that are talking about its the worst advise. Remember back in the old days there were no dentist, an these remedy she’s talking about with the lemons and other home remedies are what or great Grandparents and relatives use on their teeth. My grandparents and great grandparents all had beautiful health teeth using this method. An I think if it was good for them and they were healthy without all these illnesses we have today. I say do it if you want if you don’t that’s you. But think about all the stuff you put in your mouth on a daily basis. Home Remedies are good. This is a good remedy.

  21. Anne October 30, 2015 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Plague has destroyed my gums, can these help in fixing them?

  22. aalok December 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    You can follow all the essentials for dental hygiene , but you won’t have a pleasant breath unless you have a clean stomach. In fact many a times when we have a bad breath, the cause is an unclean stomach and not a lack of oral hygiene.

  23. Tiffany December 10, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

    I’m a dental hygienist and have worked in areas volunteering including in shelters where people cannot afford “regular” dental visits. But please please do not run anything acidic on your teeth and leave it there for it to scientifically proven eat away at your teeth. Baking soda does have a toothpaste but large amounts causes microabrasions in the teeth, potentially causing tooth damage and increased staining. Light toothbrushing half on the tooth half on the gums with a basic fluoridated toothpaste , floss, and listerine mouth rinse will do the tricks. These are scientifically proven recommendations. Tartar builds up from increased minerals in the saliva, it’s natural but it also builds up underneath the gums which staying there for years can cause bone loss and infection in the body. Try to go if you can save up the 120 cleaning at least once a year, and if not do your best but be careful wielding sharp picks in your mouth it took me three years of school to learn that skill 😉

  24. Mohammad Naeem December 24, 2015 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing this article….very useful…. too long I was looking for such way to solve my teeth problem

  25. rey January 2, 2016 at 3:23 am - Reply

    My dentist said hydrogen perooxide can damage the enamel and baking soda is for cleaning.I”m confused how to whiten my yellowish teeth due to tea and coffee consumption,

  26. Pramod January 3, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Try gargling for 5 min with a mouthful of coconut oil .I came across this somewhere and have found it effective .No dentist can say it is abrasive .Most toothpaste are loaded with abrasive material and is one of the main reasons for teeth wear and tear.
    Most of the medicines we use today are just highly commercialized versions of traditional wisdom.

  27. Lisa January 22, 2016 at 1:58 am - Reply

    If you can not afford to go to the dentist please find a dental school. Dental hygienist schools require students to clean teeth and they need hard cases . You could even be paid for your time ! Please do not attempt to do these cleanings at home . Brush and floss your teeth daily . The person posting this does not understand the bacteria present in your mouth or that calculous can be sub -below the gum line . If you have tarter build up like in the picture chances are you also have periodontal disease and need a cleaning below the gum line . Not treating this can lead to chronic health issues . I have seen extremely white teeth that an exray showed deep decay . Please see a dentist , go to a dental school , call around and see if you can make payments .

  28. Lele January 29, 2016 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Lisa and all,
    I know you mean well however, I don’t think you are able to wrap your head around the fact that in some rural areas in the US there are no dental schools or affordable dental care available. Full stop. Considering the time and money required to actually visit a dentist when you are working a minimum or low wage job in areas with limited or no public transportation options, dental cleaning one or two times a year are not feasible. Don’t criticize people for seeking other options.

  29. Nikita February 12, 2016 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Thnk u so muchhh for sharing such information. Keep uploading..

  30. Jeff February 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Good advice. Ignore the so called “professionals”. Why would any of them with their student loans and businesses to support approve of any home dental remedies?

  31. Aure February 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I think it’s ironic that “dental professionals” are on this website telling ppl what to do and what not to do. The other thing that’s ironic is that most of these “professionals” are telling ppl to go to dental schools or free or reduced clinics. What they aren’t saying is you can go to a free clinic all you want but there’s a catch. You may have to be the 25th caller that day out of the entire state, or you may have to be homeless living in a shelter or the most care you can get is cleaning or extraction but no one is removing your tartar buildup. Sorry to tell you also most dental schools only have a few events where they may see the public which means if you miss out guess what? Too bad. People act like we aren’t going to die anyway and last I checked dentistry was expensive. If this works for ppl let them do their own thing. I highly doubt cave men had dentist or any other people before the 21st century. I guess money is the real cause for concern here why spend $5 bucks at home when you should definitely break your neck to get to the dentist who will charge you $1,000’s. If this remedy works then use it if you don’t like a part of it take it out but don’t let anyone tell you what to do with teeth that are in your mouth!

    • Dental assistant April 5, 2016 at 2:54 am - Reply

      Well hate to break it to you but it does NOT work!! Dental schools are reduced fees to benefit the students and YOU, it is not the 25th caller it is anyone who cares enough to want good oral health which also increases good overall health. PleAse think before you believe some nonsense you read on the Internet.

  32. Dental assistant April 5, 2016 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Please do NOT believe what you read!!! I work at a dental office as an assistant and have for 17 years, if your teeth look like this you MUST seek professional help to clean your teeth and have good overall health for your body. You can NOT take care of this on your own.

  33. Nick April 5, 2016 at 6:14 am - Reply

    I’m a hygienist and when I was in school all my patients had free dental care and my “student loan” paid for most of it we also went to low income schools taught kids how to floss and brush and gave supplies. So give professions some credit it’s not just professions want your money. I share my education to keep people healthy. But some info here isn’t correct. Baking soda and peroxide are fine you’re okay to use.. acidic will cause perminent damage to teeth overtime. And the scaling people cause notching and damage teeth if not done correctly I see it all the time. And you aren’t getting under the gums which is the most damaging part. So if you try you can find schools for free these students need clinic hours. SJVC is one for example. Your teeth and health are worth the time. Floss and brush. Watch youtube videos to see it done correctly. Home remedies are fine but this one isn’t accurate.

  34. Estella April 6, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Hello.
    Thank you for putting this info together.
    As for some of the sad comments from people in the industry, indoctrination can just be malinformed.
    School can be a great way to be taught shit if you aren’t willing to think.
    I have much better teeth than when I have gone to dentists and I do these things.
    My sister is a dental hygenist.
    I also oil pull.

  35. Estella April 6, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    I do agree with Nick about using the tool.
    I thought that was an obvious but probably not.
    I haven’t needed it though.

  36. faramai April 23, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Well .. Its worth giving a trial

  37. Malder April 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I highly don’t recommend leaving acids on teeth, however, Vitamin C on the teeth (and in general) can do wonders so you can use the sodium ascorbate form of vitamin C on your teeth. When making a glass of a gram or two with water, I sometimes swish it all around for a minute or so, a few separate times, before swallowing.

    Also, some of the dental hygeneists here offering advice are clearly close-minded and ignorant and are just regurgitating what their text-books told them…”Indoctrinate yourself with this text book, don’t use any critical thinking and don’t question, pass these tests, now we’ll give you a certification paper and you’ll be payed well and have a intellectual sounding title for your job/career”. WAKE UP! These are the same sort of mindless zombies who probably think big-agro and big-pharma companies (eg. Monsanto, Merck, Pfizer) are moral companies with the health of others as their interest which couldn’t be further from the truth (their interests are profits, power, and poison).

    STAY AWAY FROM LISTERINE AND ALL THOSE OTHER terrible mouthwashes full of alcohol, chemicals, and all sorts of carcinogens and crap. Flouride (other than the organic form found in soil etc.) is another hot topic and I would highly advise to stay away from it as well. But if you want to keep using fluoride then go ahead but you can at least get a way better than mouthwash than complete and utter trash like listerine,

  38. Malder April 25, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I highly don’t recommend leaving acids on teeth, however, Vitamin C on the teeth (and in general) can do wonders so you can use the sodium ascorbate (not ascorbic acid) form of vitamin C on your teeth. When making a glass of a gram or two with water, I sometimes swish it all around for a minute or so, a few separate times, before swallowing.

    Also, some of the dental hygeneists here offering advice are clearly close-minded and ignorant and are just regurgitating what their text-books told them…”Indoctrinate yourself with this text book, don’t use any critical thinking and don’t question, pass these tests, now we’ll give you a certification paper and you’ll be payed well and have a intellectual sounding title for your job/career”. WAKE UP! These are the same sort of mindless zombies who probably think big-agro and big-pharma companies (eg. Monsanto, Merck, Pfizer) are moral companies with the health of others as their interest which couldn’t be further from the truth (their interests are profits, power, and poison).

    STAY AWAY FROM LISTERINE AND ALL THOSE OTHER terrible mouthwashes full of alcohol, chemicals, and all sorts of carcinogens and crap. Flouride (other than the organic form found in soil etc.) is another highly controversial topic and I would highly advise to stay away from it as well. But if you want to keep using fluoride then go ahead but you can at least get a way better mouthwash than complete and utter trash like listerine and all those other popular trashy ones.

    I would stay away from a scalar (AKA a “dental pic”). If you know what yoi’re doing, that’s fine, but it’s risky and I would really do a lot of research on using one first. Research all sorts of write ups and videos first but, generally speaking, I wouldn’t advise it as too many people will screw something up even if it’s just 1 out of every 10 or 20 people, that’s still a lot of people.

    Baking soda is good for brushing every day, and hydrogen peroxide / water / baking soda mix can be used as your mouthwash 3ish times a week.

    Get a high quality butter oil / fermented cod oil mix which is extremely good for teeth (and general health) I highly suggest that Blue Ice brand (google it I can’t remember the exact name). They got 5 or 6 different products I’d highly recommend for teeth. Also get a vitamin K-2 supplement which gives you the MK-7 form. You want to make sure of 2 things with the K2 supplement: A. it uses olive oil (preferablly organic) as it’s carrier (this leaves out the Jarrows brand), B. it’s made from a fermented Japanese food called Natto using non-GMO soybeans. There are a few good brands for this, NutriGold is one and there was another I may have liked even a touch better than NutriGold but I can’t remember the name of of the brand now (I think it was more of a white bottle/label). But don’t forget about the Blue Ice products, seriously, they are amazing. Read about all the great successes people have had with the organic butter oil / fermented cod liver oil with regards to teeth/cavities, it’ll probably make all these so-called “professionals” crap their pants, their brains wouldn’t be able to handle it since it wasn’t indoctrinated into their heads by some brainwashing (in some ways, not all) textbook.

  39. Gayle May 3, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

    About once a month, I use a damp toothbrush dipped in baking soda and gently brush away from my gums, keeping it as dry as possible. Then I floss it under my gums in a downward then outward motion, which pulls the loose plaque out to be rinsed away. At 61, only 1 crown due to popcorn chipping off a corner. I use Reach rinse with fluoride with no alcohol. No need to ‘feel the burn’ to be germ free

  40. Daniel May 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the information

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