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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to get rid of tartar on the teeth?

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Dr. Idelle Brand
Dentistry 40 years experience
Dental cleaning: Once the tartar forms it is difficult to remove it yourself. Best to see your regular dentist for a cleaning. Try to prevent its accumulation by flossing and brushing regularly.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Teeth: Once tartar is on the teeth it must be scraped away by a dentist or hygienist. There will always be some that will build up and that is why you will always need regular cleanings. However, if you effectively brush and floss your teeth daily then you can prevent a lot of tartar build up. Your dentist and staff should teach you the best techniques for brushing and flossing.

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What's the best way to get rid if tartar from teeth but at home?

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Dr. Donald Nimz
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You cannot: Sorry but tartar , know as calculus is impossible to remove yourself. Often anesthetic is necessary. Scalers are used by the dental hygienist below the gums while you may be able to "chip" off what is above the gunline , the most damaging part is subgingival ( below the gums). Even dental hygienists cannot remove their own tarter.
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Can i get rid of tartar from between my teeth at home?

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Tartar on bottom teeth please, what can I do to get rid of this, sir?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
See your dental: Hygienist at least twice a year. He/she has equipment to remove tartar.
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Dentistry 43 years experience
Or your dentist and in addition to routine hygiene visits, consider an electric toothbrush, daily flossing, antiseptic mouthwash twice daily and your diet. You may even need to have professional visits more then 2xs yearly. Your dentist will guide you!
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How do you get rid of tar on your teeth?

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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 13 years experience
Dental cleaning: I assume you are referring to tobacco staining. This type of staining is very tenacious and difficult to remove. The only real option is to see your dentist about getting your teeth cleaned. A special instrument called an ultrasonic scaler is often required to effectively remove tobacco stain.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of scratches on my teeth?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Scratches: Many teeth have clear craze lines which are no problem however if your teeth feel rough then i would see your dentist and let them determine the best treatment as i cannot see the scratches to diagnose.

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