Natural ways to fight tartar buildup at home

 


Did you know that good oral health can actually affect the rest of your body ? According to the Mayo Clinic, without good dental hygiene, your body won't be able to maintain the bacteria in your mouth at a healthy level.

Tartar, which builds up on your teeth from food and bacteria, makes it harder for you to clean your teeth properly, says WebMD. Although doctors recommend professional cleaning from your dentist every six months, there are a few natural remedies you can do at home to help reduce the buildup.

 

++Apply apple cider vinegar

Health Tips Portal suggests soaking your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar and then brushing your teeth as usual. Rinse your mouth well. Try to do this once or twice a week, as apple cider vinegar can damage your teeth if left on too long or used too often.

Brush with baking soda

Replace your regular toothpaste with a little baking soda and a pinch of salt to remove tartar build-up on your teeth. Positive Med also recommends making a mouthwash from baking soda by mixing 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup water, 10 drop lemon oil, 4 tsps vegetable glycerin and 1 tsp Aloe Vera gel. Mixing well and utilize time OR 2 a day.

 

++Eat on some fruits:

Take a few of your favorite berries (strawberries and tomatoes to be exact) and rub them on your teeth. Let the juice sit on your teeth for five minutes to soften the buildup. Rinse your mouth with baking soda and lukewarm water for a brighter smile. Other foods that work well include peppers, berries, lemons and oranges, according to Positive Med.

 

Along with these simple recipes, a few changes in your routine can also help. Positive Med recommends quitting smoking, brushing and flossing regularly, and increasing spicy foods in your diet (to promote saliva buildup and the natural cleansing process).