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Natural Ways to Kill Bacteria and Prevent Tartar Build-Up

Investing just a few minutes a day on caring for your teeth is quick, simple and requires minimal effort. Yet the benefits can be fantastic, everything from whiter teeth, less trips to the dentist and better oral hygiene. Something that affects everyone is plaque, which is a layer of acidic bacteria that coats the teeth. It's perfectly normal and is caused by food debris and dirt; however, when this plaque is not brushed away with regular brushing, it can harden and become mineralised. This is otherwise known as tartar, a hard white or yellow substance that stains teeth, damages enamel and can cause many issues, particularly around the gum line. Follow these three simple tips to ensure you halt plaque in its tracks and reduce the likelihood of tartar buildup. 

Regular Brushing

First and foremost, brushing with quality toothpaste should always be your number one method for keeping your teeth healthy. Brush twice a day both in the morning and in the evening to prevent plaque mineralisation. You can also supplement your daily routine with mouthwash, tongue brushing and dental floss. However for those people who like to use natural and/or organic products there are a number of natural remedies that can help to keep bacteria at bay.


Cloves have been used for centuries for their ability to help alleviate toothache. They are known for their anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used alongside your regular toothpaste to boost your bacteria-killing power. Adding some simple crushed cloves that you can buy from the supermarket to your pea-sized dollop of toothpaste will help to maintain the health of both teeth and gums. It also acts as a gentle exfoliant depending on how fine the powder is. Alternatively you can just cover the top of the brush with the crushed cloves and use that by itself. 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is another superfood that has many health benefits. Not only can it help to kill bacteria (and thus tartar build-up), it is also effective at preventing gum disease and gingivitis. You can buy chemical-free aloe vera mouthwashes and tooth gels from good pharmacies, and they can be incorporated into your daily brushing routine. 

Tartar prevention is all about killing the bacteria within your mouth. Making sure you and your family brush regularly is the best way to maintain your oral health and ensure you always have clean teeth and a great smile. Contact a dentist for more information.