Your teeth are vital parts of the aesthetics of your face. Most people spend time and money to get cosmetic dentistry done to get a perfect set of pearly whites. But it’s not only the visual aspect that’s important. Every cosmetic dentistry work you get done will be useless if you don’t protect your teeth’s well-being from common dental problems such as tartar and plaque build-up.
Tartar and plaque are a nasty yellowish substance that sticks on the surface of your teeth. You may think that it is just dirt and that you can eventually brush it off, but it can stick like the plague.
If you don’t brush them off every day, they stick around, cause discoloration, and eventually cause other oral diseases such as cavities or periodontal disease.
Since tartar and plaque attack the protective layer of your teeth known as enamel, it is only wise to make sure you do what you can to remove them.
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Here are 20 ways to reduce tartar and plaque.
Acid kills bacteria and also whitens teeth. Simply gargle a mixture of vinegar, salt and warm water for 30-45 seconds at a time regularly.
Make a mixture of 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda to create a paste. Spread the paste over the surface of your teeth, leave it for 30 seconds and rinse. Repeat every 2 days.
Sodium is a great tartar reducer and is completely safe for your enamel. Gargle warm water with some salt every night to keep your teeth and mouth clean.
If you eat oranges, leave the peel on the surface of your teeth for a while. The citric acid will reduce the tartar build-up.
This is not meant to be directly applied on the surface of your teeth because it’s high acidity will damage your enamels. Instead, mix a teaspoon with your baking soda paste or with your salt water.
Milk and Cheese
Dairy products are rich in calcium. Calcium strengthens your teeth and your enamel.
Spicy food is good for killing bacteria. And since plaque and tartar are made of them, spicy food is