Tartar is the result of poor dental hygiene and, besides the fact that it's inaesthetic, it's bad for your health. So, we put together a list of suitable ways to prevent the formation of tartar or treat it if it's already there.
What is tartar?
Teeth tartar, also called dental calculus, is a compound that derives from bacterial plaque, which is formed by saliva and food debris. In short, it is a deposit that can trap stains on the teeth and cause discoloration. Tartar can make it harder to clean your teeth properly and can eventually cause periodontal diseases like gingivitis.
Practising good oral hygiene is the key to eliminating tartar. Brushing your teeth after each meal should be a non-negotiable habit. Indeed, doing so is very effective in preventing tartar. But unfortunately, even with good oral hygiene, tartar is still prone to developing.
How to get rid of tartar
You can dip your wet toothbrush in baking soda and brush your teeth with it.
Lemon and warm water rinses will help dissolve the tartar and keep your breath fresh throughout the day.
Chewing slightly rough food that 'cleans' your teeth is another great option. You can try sesame seeds for example.
Chewing well-chopped parsley leaves and letting it act on your teeth for a couple of minutes is another simple and effective alternative.
Finally, to prevent tartar build-up, we recommend you avoid drinking too much coffee, smoking or drinking alcohol, as these three substances erode tooth enamel and create the perfect environment for tartar to spread.
Of course, it is also mandatory to check up with your dentist at least once a year and have your teeth professionally cleaned.