So I recently read an article on goodstuffbuzz.com about home remedies that claim to completely remove tartar. I could not contain my LOL’ing or WTF’s during reading this article…let me explain why!
First, let me tell you about that pesky thing called tartar aka calculus aka yuckiness. Tartar or calculus is a hard calcified deposit that forms on the teeth and contributes to their decay as well as the breakdown of soft tissue and bone. Even with perfect home care, everyone has bacteria in their mouths. This bacteria mixes with proteins and food byproducts to form a sticky layer on the teeth called plaque. Plaque carries bacteria that can damage the teeth and gums. If not removed the bacteria continues to attach to plaque and will calcify into tartar or calculus. Once this calcification occurs ladies and gentleman, you CANNOT remove it by simply brushing or flossing or using these magic methods that the above article claims. To remove these hardened deposits you would visit a friendly hygienist, such as myself, and we will remove it for you (you’re welcome)! This requires ‘scrapping’ as those deposits can be stubborn, but it will make the teeth and gum tissue healthier and prevent any further (if any) bone loss from occurring. So it is so important to get professional dental cleanings!!
Ok, so here is a breakdown of some points in the article- I will be using the exact same pictures/pictures of wording that they used:
This picture shows no tartar on the teeth…this mint oil and lemon concoction may (notice how I say MAY) help with whitening, but will not remove tartar. Also, lemon is NOT great for your teeth…Please do not dip your toothbrush into lemon juice and rub it onto your teeth, as it is very acidic. Acidity causes tooth enamel to wear away, which can result in sensitivity and discoloration. Anything acidic should be done in moderation or avoided all together!
Coconut oil pulling has been a trend now for awhile, for detoxification and as a natural whitener (results can vary). It will not breakdown or remove calcified tartar! As for those dark brown spots in the picture…those appear to be cavities folks…removing the decay and replacing with a filling is the only fix for that!
Oranges are also high in the acidity. So again, not great for the teeth and anything acidic should be done in moderation and not intentionally rubbed onto the teeth!
This just sounds like a pain in the butt! Sounds like using a toothbrush and toothpaste may be easier don’t cha think!? Plus, these little seeds will then get caught in between the teeth causing you to have to floss…so on the other hand maybe do this!
This whole article stated “According to Tapoos”. Tapoos is an entertainment site…this is what their ‘About Us’ page states: “If you like your online entertainment to be a heady cocktail of viral content, crazy listicles, fun quizzes, trending videos and the latest celebrity gossip you’ve come to the right place! Add into the mix reviews of the latest movies, tales of strength and inspiration and real life stories that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and you can see why Tapoos is fast becoming a leading go to site for discerning web users.” Dear Tapoos…stick to the entertainment reporting and leave dental/medical advice to the professionals please. The quote about tartar is also FALSE…my friends that is what plaque is. Plaque is bacteria that gathers around the lines of our gums (as well on the rest of the surfaces of the teeth). It’s at the bottom of our teeth (all surfaces again). It’s dangerous and unhygienic – it also eventually leads to gum disease which can cause a lot of other serious problems (1 point Tapoos, only 1…actually I take that back because you thought you were talking about tartar!).
Again, plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing as well as using antibacterial mouth washes. The rinses that the article mentions could also aid in plaque removal, but will NOT remove the plaque once it has calcified into tartar. This article clearly had their definitions of plaque and tartar confused.
- DO brush, floss and use mouth wash to help remove plaque and to keep your mouth as healthy as possible at home.
- DO get a professional cleaning and exam regularly.
- DO NOT count on any magical concoction to remove tartar or calculus that has developed on your teeth!