Oral hygiene should be a top priority as proper care of the oral cavity can prevent various dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath many other health problems.
Many diseases can manifest their first symptoms inside the mouth. Take for example diabetes or AIDS; they often manifest as mouth lesions or other oral problems. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that over 90% of all systemic diseases become apparent as oral problems.
One of the most common oral problems that people face is tartar. If tartar forms above the gum line, then it is detrimental because the bacteria found in it could damage the gums and eventually lead to gum disease. This plaque can affect the overall health as well. Numerous evidences show that bacteria build-up and inflammation in the mouth are associated with other problems, including dementia and heart attack.
In 2009, the American Academy of Periodontology and The American Journal of Cardiology, issued a paper explaining the strong link between heart disease and gum disease. That’s why they encourage cardiologists to ask their patients about their oral health.
Tartar, also known as calculus, is removed with special dental tools. But, there is a natural way to get rid of it:
You will need:
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ cup hydrogen peroxide
- Warm water
- Antiseptic mouthwash
Start by mixing the baking soda and the salt. Then, run some lukewarm water on the toothbrush and dab the moist toothbrush into the mixture. Rub the teeth with the toothbrush, spit after a couple of seconds, and repeat. Do this for about five minutes.
After you’ve completed this step, mix the hydrogen peroxide with half a cup of warm water and rinse the mouth with this solution. Spit and do the same, this time with cold water.
Then, rub the tartar from the teeth using floss. Be careful not to damage your gums and cause irritation.
Experts recommend interlock two teeth with the floss and move it side to side in order to fully remove the tartar without any damage.
Once you are done flossing, rinse the mouth with the antiseptic mouthwash.