How To Remove Tartar Buildup Yourself?

Tartar is also known as “calculus” in professional dentist jargon

Some level of tartar buildup up is natural and completely unavoidable. Tartar is the hardened state of dental plaque, and it’s more difficult to remove the the hard tartar than it is to remove the soft dental plaque. Even when you take good care of your dental hygiene, you’ll always still have some level of tartar buildup, but fortunately there are some ways to remove tartar yourself – without an expensive appointment at your dentist.

How to get rid of tartar: the best ways to remove plaque and tartar

If you want to remove plaque and tartar yourself, here are some simple DIY tips to:

  1. You may first want to assess how bad the problem is by getting plaque disclosing tablets. This will show you were dental plaque is present, and thereby prevent further buildup of calculus.
  2. The best way to remove plaque from your teeth: use a hard toothbrush, dental floss (not the electric water flossers) and rinse with a good mouthwash.
  3. For the calculus removal itself: If you have a steady hand and healthy gums, you may also want to try a DIY tartar removal kit such as the Dentek tartar removing scaler. These DIY kits are specifically designed to remove tartar buildup yourself, as they are built with softer metal, than those used by professionals. It’s recommended to use these kits in conjunction with a small dressing table mirror.

Afterwards, you can use the plaque disclosing tablets again to evaluate your progress. This is a cheap and effective method of removing tartar yourself, but keep in mind you still need to visit a dentist at least once a year. They have more professional tools and can reach areas you simply cannot reach yourself.

If regular measurements fail, you may want to buy a tartar removal kit for home use. Available on Amazon»

However, do realize that there are some limitations to the DIY treatment. The only method to thorough eliminate tartar buildup is to visit the dentist and have them take it off your teeth with a professional tartar scraper. You cannot remove all tartar yourself at home, so you still have to pay a visit to your dentist every six months.

TIP: instead of going to a qualified dentist for a tartar removal treatment, consider making an appointment with a local dental hygienist. They are cheaper than a dentist, but just as well equipped to perform simple cleaning tasks such as calculus removal.

Why else does calculus buildup matter?

Calculus (or tartar) build up has a yellowish color, which is obviously not the color that you want to show off when trying to make a good impression. Keep in mind that maintaining good dental hygiene, is both healthier and cheaper than buying something later to reverse the negative effects – such as teeth whitening products.

Calculus buildup itself is also self-perpetuating; the more calculus you have, the more plaque attaches to your teeth. The more dental plaque you have, the more tartar buildup and ultimately the more gingivitis. Dental plaque and tartar will slowly degrade the health of your gums. No one needs tartar, and no one needs to see that either.

Here are two interesting facts:

  1. Gum disease (Gingivitis) is the most important reason for teeth removal among adults.
  2. Dental plaque and tartar buildup is the number one cause of Gingivitis.

Conclusion: take tartar buildup seriously. Or actually – take dental plaque buildup seriously, since this is the precursor of tartar buildup.