How to Remove Tartar From Teeth: 6 Options

To remove tartar from teeth, you should first consult your dentist, who can provide a deep cleaning with scraping, ultrasound and laser. These methods can remove the layer of tartar that has formed over the gums and teeth. It can keep the appearance of your smile brighter and clearer.

There are some home remedies that can also help, like oral mouth wash, coconut oil and sodium bicarbonate. These can also help to combat bacteria, which prevent bacterial plaque and therefore the formation of tartar.

Tartar is causes by an accumulation of food and bacteria in the mouth. Without regular brushing and flossing, this substance forms a hard, yellow substance that covers the teeth and gums. It leads to the appearance of permanent spots on the teeth, as well as cavities, gingivitis and bad breath. 

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The main ways to remove tartar from teeth are:

1. Dental office cleaning

A dental office cleaning is completed by a dentist or dental hygienist and involves the use of an ultrasonic scraper. This device emits small vibrations a high speed to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. 

Teeth can also be cleaned with simpler instruments, such as scrapers and curettes, where the dentist manually scrapes the teeth to remove plaque and tartar.

2. Laser

The laser is a device used by the dentist that helps focus the treatment only on the affected tooth and gum area. It  removes tartar and leaves teeth cleaner, without causing damage to healthy teeth and gums.

3. Vector system

The Vector system is similar to the ultrasonic scraper. It removes plaque and tartar and leaves teeth cleaner and healthier, and is used by the dentist in the office.

This equipment generally causes less discomfort and pain when cleaning teeth.

4. Maintaining good oral hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth thoroughly about 30 minutes after every meal, using dental floss and gargling mouthwash, is the best way to eliminate bacteria from your mouth. It helps prevent plaque and reduces the formation of tartar on your teeth. 

5. Cleaning with baking soda

Cleaning your teeth with baking soda helps to balance the pH of the mouth after meals, preventing the formation of plaque and preventing tartar.

However, continuous use of bicarbonate can increase the porosity of the tooth, making it more sensitive. For this reason, it is best to use this technique only under the guidance of your dentist and no more than once a week.


  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda;
  • Toothpaste.

How to use

Put the toothpaste on the toothbrush, sprinkle with the bicarbonate and then brush your teeth for 2 minutes. At the end, rinse your mouth with water.

6. Coconut oil rinse

Another way to naturally fight bacteria in the mouth and prevent plaque formation is to use coconut oil as a mouthwash. Coconut oil contains bactericidal properties, reducing the formation of tartar.

In addition, coconut oil also helps to form a film on the teeth, preventing bacteria from adhering and preventing plaque formation.


  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in liquid form

How to use

Place the spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and rinse for 5-10 minutes, 1-2 times a day. Finally, spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with water.

At first it may be more challenging to swish the coconut oil around for several minutes at a time, so it's recommended to start with a few minutes and gradually build up.