Yellowish resilient tartar comes from plaque. Plaque is a slimy white film of bacteria that flourishes on your teeth. If it’s not removed in 24 hours, it can harden - in fact, it can become rock hard in the 12 days that it becomes tartar. Tartar and plaque have devastating effects on your overall health. They make your teeth unsightly, smell bad and might contribute to periodontal disease.
Tartar can be removed only by professional dental personnel. They use procedures like scaling (which removes tooth deposits like plaque, tartar and stain) and polishing (which involves plaque and stain removal). These processes are relatively safe as they do not damage the tooth enamel in any way. The dentist can also instruct you on other methods of whitening your teeth.
Although there are several techniques for removing yellow tartar from your teeth, the best way to have white teeth is through prevention. We only visit our dentists once or twice a year for routine check-ups and prophylaxis, but these tips will definitely keep your teeth tartar free. When you have your exam, be sure to ask the dentist about the safest and most effective whitening products currently on the market. He may even have a sample for you to try at home.
Brush your teeth. Handling your soft bristled and adequately small toothbrush like a pen, sweep all of the food debris from your pearly whites. Do not hurry – two minutes of brushing, especially at the back of the teeth, is worth all the effort and expense of having your teeth scaled by your dentist.
Floss correctly. Using 1.5 feet of floss, wind each end securely on both your middle fingers and use gentle back and forth motion between your teeth. Whatever you use – flavored, waxed, tape or otherwise – make sure you like it enough that you will use it regularly. After flossing, rinse your mouth with water or a dental rinse.
Use dental products wisely.
- Toothpaste. Use toothpaste that is approved by the American (or regional, if outside the United States) Dental Association. Buy one that has pyrophosphate, as it helps remove plaque and erodes tartar gradually. If no toothpaste is available, mix 15 mL of baking soda to a pinch of salt in a ceramic cup and brush. Go name-brand if you can; generic toothpastes might contain more abrasives or have lower fluoride content, which won't be as effective as the name brand products.
- Mouthwash. Mouthwash was not developed just to freshen breath. These rinses are used to remove food debris after a good meal. If in a pinch, mix up a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and half water. If none of these ingredients are available, water will do. Hydrogen peroxide also falls into the category of teeth whitening products, although it's not the most pleasant way to whiten your teeth. Don't use hydrogen peroxide products if you have cuts or sores in your mouth.
Self check. How much plaque in your mouth has the potential to become tartar? Do this self check. Coat your lip with Vaseline. Take a spoonful diluted food coloring (ex. red or orange), swish it in your mouth, and spit out. All of the stained teeth still have plaque; it would do you well if you focus on these stained teeth.
Sugarless gum. Saliva production inhibits bacterial growth. The best way to produce saliva without drooling is to chew gum. Choose sugarless whitening gum. This may cost more but these products will help ensure that your pearly whites stay with you for a longer time.
Aged cheese. If you must snack, eat aged cheese. The older, the smellier, the better for dental health. Your teeth will benefit from the calcium the cheese provides, while the good bacteria that is found in fermented cheeses kill the bad bacteria responsible for your tartar.
After you have the plaque under control, it is time to explore teeth whitening options. There are many ways to whiten your teeth, both at home and professionally, but you shouldn't start any whitening regimen without first speaking to your dentist.