How to get Rid of Tartar on Teeth at Home Fast

Tartar can  be quite annoying especially if it is severe. Read on to find out the causes, and to get rid of it fast at home without a dentist including other removal tools and methods such as oil pulling.

Black Tartar on Teeth Causes

Causes of tartar

Old plaque results to tartar development. Below are some of the reasons you have tartar on your teeth;

Poor oral hygiene

Failure to brush your teeth regularly is one of the main causes of tartar. When you fail to brush, bacteria builds up in your mouth, more specifically on the teeth and gums. The end result is a discoloration of your teeth.

Eating too many sweets

Bacteria thrive best on areas where sugar is present in high amounts. This explains why sugars will contribute to tartar development. Eating sweets leaves a conducive environment for bacteria. Any other sugary foods could contribute to tartar formation as well.

Failure to floss

If you brush your teeth but forget to floss on a daily basis, you may not be able to completely eradicate bacteria from your mouth. There are spaces in your teeth that a toothbrush won’t reach and so flossing is the way to go.

Why is it black

The color of tartar varies with time. Tartar turns black due to exposure to various substances in the mouth. According to Drs. Langlais and Miller, tartar can either be green, brown or black. Even that, they explain that tartar darkens as time goes by.

For instance, tartar that appears on the lower side of the gum line is exposed to byproducts of blood, blood itself as well as gingival cervicular fluid. This is the fluid that flows in between your teeth in the gums. [1]

severe dental tartar causes and how to remove

How to Remove Tartar from Back of Teeth Fast

When tartar is on the back of your teeth, you will need to take thorough measures. You could try removing this tartar at home by using the remedies below;

  • Use a hard toothbrush to clean the tartar off your teeth. It should be used with dental floss. You are then required to use a preferable mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
  • Moreover, you could try a tartar removal kit but this must only be used if you have healthy gums. See your dentist for the most preferable set of tools to use at home depending on the condition of your tartar.
  • Use an electric toothbrush. While a normal toothbrush would still be helpful in removing tartar, an electric toothbrush is best when it comes to tartar at the back of your teeth. It is more efficient and will reach out to all the tartar on your teeth.

How to Remove Tartar from Teeth without Dentist at home

You can remove tartar easily at home. Below are some of the remedies you could try;

How to remove Tartar from Teeth with Baking Soda at home

In addition to the home remedies discussed above, you can use baking soda to get rid of tartar. There are different ways in which you can use baking soda for tartar removal.

To start with, you should wet your toothbrush then dip it into a small amount of baking soda placed in a bowl. Use the toothbrush already dipped in the soda to clean the areas of your teeth that have tartar.

Instead, you can make a mixture of baking soda and salt then brush your teeth with this mixture. You can also make a mouthwash using baking soda. To prepare your mouthwash, make a mixture of half cup baking soda, 10 drops essential lemon oil, 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin, 1 teaspoon aloe Vera, and one glass of water. You can store the mouthwash in a bottle and use it every day.

Tomatoes and strawberries

Vitamin C is good for your oral health. Strawberries and tomatoes are very rich sources of this vitamin and hence, they are used at home in getting rid of tartar.


  1. Take a piece of each of the fruits and rub it onto your teeth
  2. Leave it for five minutes so as to allow for softening of the tartar
  3. Using a mixture of warm water and baking soda, rinse your mouth
  4. You are advised to do this at least two times in a day for excellent results


Brush your teeth two times a day

This may sound obvious but it is dependent on so many factors. To begin with, you must use a good quality toothpaste. Your doctor may help you in deciding on which is the best for tartar or, choose a toothpaste depending on its ingredients.

Apart from that, when you brush with an intention of removing tartar, you will be required to allow the toothpaste to stay in contact with your teeth for about two minutes. Use enough water to rinse your mouth after brushing. A soft bristle brush would work best for you.

Tartar control toothpaste

Toothpastes that are referred to as tartar control toothpastes are those that have fluoride and peroxide. You are required to be consistent in use of these toothpastes until tartar on your teeth disappears.


Another way of getting rid of tartar at home is use of teeth floss also referred to as dental floss. If you brush your teeth often enough but forget to floss, your efforts may turn out unsuccessful. This is because, brushing your teeth does not get rid of the food particles trapped in between your teeth.

Failure to remove the dirt in between your teeth leads to plaque development and consequently tartar formation. You must therefore remember to floss twice in a day before or after brushing your teeth.

Eat fruits and raw vegetables

Celery and raw carrots are some of the vegetables that when eaten, they clean up tartar from your teeth. Apples, figs and guavas are also a great group of fruits that will help you remove tartar. These fruits are known for their ability to increase your saliva production and as a result they increase the ease with which tartar is dissolved.

Eating hard fruits such as guava is one great way of scrapping off tartar that is behind your teeth. If you frequently eat these fruits, they will gently clear the tartar on the teeth. Even that, this method is not efficient on its own and will be best if used alongside the above discussed methods.

Sugar-free gum

You are advised to brush your teeth not so long after taking your meals. Even that, you may not be able to brush when you are outdoors. In such a case, you should chew gums that are sugarless. These gums stimulate release of saliva which washes off tartar from your teeth.

Gums that contain sugar are likely to do more harm than good since they leave sugars on the teeth and this is a condition that encourages survival of bacteria.

Tartar removal rinse

If you have hard to remove tartar stuck on your teeth, tartar remover rinse may work for you. This rinse is expensive but compared to seeing a dentist, it is a relatively cheaper option.


  1. Use your fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth thoroughly
  2. Make a mixture of half teaspoon tartar remover rinse and half cup warm water.
  3. For about a minute, swish the mixture in your mouth
  4. Alternatively, dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush your teeth.
  5. You are required to do the above twice a day for quicker results


Use Coca-Cola

You are advised to gargle carbonated drinks or Coca cola since it removes hardened plaque which is what forms tartar.


  1. Using a few tablespoons of soda swish it around your mouth
  2. After about three minutes, spit it out
  3. Brush your teeth as you normally do and do not forget to floss afterwards
  4. A repeat of this procedure for a few weeks will get rid of the tartar on your teeth


Tarter remover tool

This tool unlike other tools used by dentists to remove tartar is simple to use and you therefore will need no skills to use it. It is especially useful in tartar removal when it’s found on your back teeth.

Use sesame seeds

Among the natural scrubs for your teeth is sesame seeds. All you will need to do is chew these seeds. You could also use your fingers to ensure that all your teeth are scrubbed using the sesame seeds. Spit out the sesame seeds that you have already chewed then using warm water, rinse your mouth.

When you chew sesame seeds, the tartar on your teeth is softens and hence it becomes very easy to completely do away with the tartar.

Dental pick

You can also use a dental pick to get rid of tartar but this time, you must be very careful. This is because, any careless use of dental pick for your teeth will likely result to pricking of your gums which will then cause irritation, infections, and bleeding gums.

How to get rid of tartar on teeth-Oil Pulling Tartar Removal

Oil pulling is a medical practice that involves use of unrefined oil for swishing around your mouth. This is done for a couple of minutes. The commonly used oils are unrefined sesame oil and sunflower oil. Coconut oil is also great when used for oil pilling.


  1. Take a tablespoon of your preferred oil
  2. Put the oil in your mouth and swish it for about fifteen minutes. The swishing should be done slowly. This is to ensure the oil reaches all parts of the mouth and more specifically, teeth that have tartar.
  3. When the oil becomes foamy and thin, you can spit it out. You are advised not to swallow this oil as it could contain toxins
  4. Using pure water, rinse your mouth
  5. Brush your teeth with a natural toothpaste. Repeat this procedure twice a day for a few weeks so that you can get rid of tartar from your teeth completely

A study done on 20 boys in 2008 showed that, with oil pulling, there was reduction in streptococcus Mutans in two weeks. Streptococcus Mutans is a bacteria in the mouth which contributes to build up in plaque and eventually an increase in tartar development on your teeth. [2]

Through oil pulling, this bacteria is killed and hence, you reduce your chances of having stubborn tartar levels on your teeth.

Tartar Removal Tools, Dental Tartar Scraper etc

How to use dental tartar scraper

A dental tartar scraper and remover set consists of 1 scaling instrument, 1 dental pick, and 1 dental mouth mirror. These dental tools are useful in removing tartar from your teeth.

When removing tartar from your teeth using the scraper, you are required to place the scraper close to the gum line separating teeth. You are required to scrap between all teeth in your mouth. To ensure your mouth is left clean, glide even on the tooth surfaces.

Any other tools to get rid of tartar fast

There are other tools that you could use for tartar removal as discussed below;

Dental pick

A dental pick is a wooden or plastic thin stick. This is a dental tool that is used in dislodging food particles in between teeth and as such getting rid of any tartar that has built up as a result of long-term plaque development.

This tool is made is made in a way that it cleans teeth without any possible damage of the enamel. American Dental Association advises that, when using a wooden dental pick, you are required to wet it first so that it softens.

For tartar removal, you are required to place the dental pick in between your teeth with the flat part adjacent to your gums. Gently, use the dental pick to get rid of any food remains as well as any tartar traces that have developed. [3]

Dental scaler

A dental scaler is yet another device that is hand-held. It has an end that is metallic and has the shape of a hook. When used correctly, a dental scaler gets rid of stains or tartar that has formed on your teeth. [4]






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