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How to Remove Tartar from Teeth

Updated on January 17, 2018

Tartar and Plaque Removal Options

Dental tartar, the hardened teeth plaque, can be removed relatively easy. It can be removed at home, however, the best way is to do it in dentist's office, done by a professional, and I will explain later on why.

Tartar does not belong on your teeth, there are a lot of reasons for that, among which the most important are:

  • aesthetic, (it just looks ugly on your teeth),
  • it affects your gums' health, and it can lead to gingivitis, especially the tartar beneath your gum's line,
  • it affects the tooth integrity leading to tooth decay,
  • it makes your breath smell bad
  • it can affect your heart health.

If tartar is left untreated, it could develop into a more serious gums' disease called periodontitis. Severe periodontitis cases include teeth loss. Tartar and plaque, are known to affect heart's health. Tartar and plaque are in fact bacteria, and the activity of the bacteria in your mouth causes bad breath, nobody wants a bad breath, especially that this type of bad breath cannot be masked by mouthwash.

Plax - Pre-Brushing Mouth Wash

Plax is a special formulated mouth rinse, that is used before brushing. The product is conceived to loosen the plaque on your teeth, and then you can easily remove it at brushing time.

Here is how it works:

  • Rinse with Plax before brushing. Use one tablespoon and swish vigorously for about 30 seconds, making sure you move the mouth-wash all around you teeth.
  • Spit and brush thoroughly. You don't need to use a hard toothbrush, a soft one is the best.
  • Floss properly.
  • Use plax until the tartar is gone, for massive tartar, it might take more than a couple of weeks, to see results.
  • As a personal advice, I suggest you take a few weeks breaks between using Plax again.
  • If you don't see any change in two weeks, you should probably go to the dentist.

Plax - the Tartar and Plaque Killer - Plax - the best Plaque and Tartar Mouthwash

Plax Advanced Formula Plaque Lossening Rinse, Soft Mint, 16 Fl. Oz
Plax Advanced Formula Plaque Lossening Rinse, Soft Mint, 16 Fl. Oz

Plax is an amazing product, and if you think it doesn't work, watch the video below for a video testimonial.


What Is Dental Tartar?

Dental tartar is a film of calcified plaque, that hardens on the teeth and cannot be removed with your regular brushing/flossing. The tartar, also called calculus, forms by slowly depositing minerals on the teeth. The teeth surface, normally doesn't allow minerals to sediment, however, plaque is an extremely well medium for minerals, because is more adherent. This is why a rigorous and daily dental hygiene is the best way to avoid tartar formation. Tartar will form anyway on some people's teeth, even with rigorous brushing and flossing. Some of the causes include, smoking, consuming sweet beverages, diabetes, porous enamel, etc...

Peelu Fibers for Tartar Removal

Peelu, also called siwak or miswak, was used in the Middle East for centuries for oral hygiene. Peelu, Salvadora oleiodes, is a tree that grows in Africa, and Asia, and its fibers and twigs are used for cleaning teeth, and maintaining a good oral health.

Recent research, published here:, found out that peelu is more effective than toothbrushing for removing plaque and gingivitis. Peelu fibers softens immediately when moistened, so they will be very gentle on your teeth, but at the same time they will provide a gentle abrasion, removing plaque.

It is believed that miswak has antibacterial properties, so some of its effectiveness is related to its ability to control oral microflora.


Peelu Company Tooth Powder Peppermint, 2.5 Ounce
Peelu Company Tooth Powder Peppermint, 2.5 Ounce

Wet your toothbrush, sprinkle some peelu fibers on it, and brush thoroughly as you would with any toothpaste.

Teeth Brushing
Teeth Brushing | Source

How To Remove Tartar from Teeth

The best way to remove tartar is at the dentist's office, done by a professional, either a dental hygienist, or a dentist. There are few reasons for this, the gums are very sensitive and if you are not trained you could easily cut your gums.

Tartar almost always accumulates not only on the visible part of the tooth, but also beneath the gums' line, where it is very hard to reach. If you do this by yourself, you will probably have a hard time to see and reach under the gums, where is the most important. If you can't have the scaling done at the dentist, you can try a few things at home.

For some, just a special mouthwash, and brushing with special fibres, will be enough. Many people will try to use at home the dental scraper, and mirror. Some with success, but many times without any results because it's so hard to reach in those places. The less intrusive way is to use Plax mouthwash, the prebrush type. Use it for a week twice per day before brushing, and then brush thoroughly. Plax will dislodge the plaque, or tartar, and then, at the brushing time the tartar will come off of your teeth.

You can also brush with your regular toothpaste, and at the end use Peelu fibres to gently dislodge further the calculus. Note that this is a procedure that won't work in two days. You probably need around a week or a bit more to remove the tartar completely.

The more risky way is to use a dental tartar removal kit, but you can easily hurt your gums, and you can even chip your teeth. Another method is to use a special, home-made toothpaste, that is abrasive enough to remove tartar, but not enough to affect enamel. The toothpaste recipe is further down the page. Use this toothpaste to brush two or three times per day, until the tartar is gone. Do not overuse after the tartar removal, this is a slightly abrasive toothpaste, and if overused could affect your teeth enamel.

Dental Tartar Scraper and Remover Set

Home-Made Toothpaste Recipe for Tartar Removal

Mix in a bowl the following ingredients: 1/2 cup white clay, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup finely ground sea salt, 45 drops myrrh tincture, 16 drops of tea-tree essential oil, 16 drops of thyme essential oil,1 cup vegetable glycerinWhisk the mixture until becomes homogeneous, and the color is uniform.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is one of my favorites, not only for a toothpaste, but for anything related to skin healing. Its botanical name Melaleuca Alternifolia is probably equally famous, because of the promotion campaign on the Internet.

Tea tree is a great oil for skin in general, and its properties explains its miraculous healing powers. Tea tree is is a great antimicrobial, capable of killing MRSA, and its topical application is one of the best antiseptics.

When used in toothpastes and mouthwashes, tea tree was shown to be very effective in killing plaque. Adding it into your toothpaste, helps killing bacteria, the support for tartar formation.

Glycerin Vegetable - 1 Quart (43 oz.) - Non GMO - Sustainable Palm Based - USP - KOSHER - PURE - Pharmaceutical Grade - safety sealed HDPE container with resealable cap
Glycerin Vegetable - 1 Quart (43 oz.) - Non GMO - Sustainable Palm Based - USP - KOSHER - PURE - Pharmaceutical Grade - safety sealed HDPE container with resealable cap

This is vegetable, food grade glycerin. A natural emollient, helps retaining moisture in your skin. This is very important, because if your mouth is dry, it will favorise the bacteria formation.


Red thyme essential oil is a strong bactericide, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and an immune stimulant. Adding a little thyme oil in your toothpaste helps preventing contamination, and fights germs in your mouth. Do not put more than recommended, as it is a very strong oil.

Thyme essential oil has also recommended for increasing blood circulation, so a little in your toothpaste will increase the blood flow to your gums, helping fight infections more efficiently.

Warning: Red thyme also contains a considerable amount of toxic phenols, that can cause irritation on skin and mucous membranes, do not add more than recommended.

White Clay

White Clay is very soft, yet it has an abrasive action, so it can clean your teeth.

It is not clear why, but it looks like white clay has some interesting bactericidal properties. It is able to kill Staphylococcus aureus, and other pathogenic bacteria. The most important one for oral health is Streptococcus mutans, one of the microorganisms that cause tooth decay. A more in-depth article can be found here.

Oral Probiotics to Fight Plaque

The latest developments in the scientific world have found that one of the most efficient ways to fight oral bacteria is with ... bacteria. The idea is actually not that new, oral health probiotics have been on the market for more than a few years. Fact is that dental health probiotics are so efficient that many dentists started to recommend them for patients with serious problems.

Dental health probiotics are one of the least invasive and safe solutions for removing plaque. The bacteria in the probiotic supplement fights the pathogens that cause plaque, and the plaque diminishes gradually. The probiotic bacteria has the ability to produce bacteriocins, that is substances that kill bad bacteria. The best way to use oral probiotics is preventative, to stop the proliferation of the bad microorganisms. The most efficient way is to use it after using Plax, and removing the tartar. When you remove the tartar, the bacteria that causes it is not completely wiped out, and soon it will start build up the plaque again. It is wise to start with an oral probiotic, which will create a balanced mouth microflora. You may use oral probiotics to remove tartar, but because this is usually a hardened biofilm, it might take a long time until you clean all of it.

There are many probiotic blends and strains on the market, one of the best is EvoraPlus, a probiotic with a patented blend, (ProBiora3), that targets both the tooth and the gums, for a complete action.

Oral Health and Probiotics

© 2014 Dorian Bodnariuc

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    • Coffee-Break profile imageAUTHOR

      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      My pleasure Marian, come back in a couple of weeks with news. I'd like to know how it worked for you. I know it works for me.

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      Marian Cates 

      4 years ago from Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Thanks for your replies Dorian. I'll get the EvoraPlus Probiotics and Plax. Thanks for your article, too. You've set me on the right path.

    • Coffee-Break profile imageAUTHOR

      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Try it, it is very good. I will add a few dental probiotics to my list, or maybe write a hub about them. I am presently using a probiotic with M18.

    • Coffee-Break profile imageAUTHOR

      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I only use Peelu as my regular toothpaste. My teeth are cleaner and slightly whiter since I have started with Peelu.

      There is no natural alternative for Plax, unfortunately, but you can try Dental Probiotics, which will slowly diminish the plaque.

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      Marian Cates 

      5 years ago from Columbia River Gorge, WA

      What do you think of EvoraPlus Probiotics For Oral Care?

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      Marian Cates 

      5 years ago from Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Are Peelu gum and Peelu toothpaste effective? What would you recommend as a natural version of Plax?

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      Johanna Eisler 

      5 years ago

      I'm very eager to try Plax. I have a phobia about going to the dentist or the dental hygienist. I do go, but I'd like to be able to go less often. :) Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Good advice. I really hate getting scraped at the dentist, anything to avoid that is well worth the effort!


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