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Cream Of Tartar Substitute
No longer used: This is an old medication or mixture that was used to treat boils. ...Read more
Can you mix cream of tartar with arm & hammer toothpaste with baking soda and peroxide for tooth whitening and is it harmful to teeth?
Yes, depends and why: Yes you can mix and use it. Whether or not it is harmful depends upon concentrations and frequency of use. I just question why someone would do that? It's a lot of time and energy for minimal effect, if any! there are much better methods out there that really work, are safe and are relatively economical. See your own dentist for specific advice after an exam and evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Calculus: Calculus is a buildup of hardened bacterial colonies that need to be manually scraped and scaled off of the tooth surface. This is accomplished by your dentist and/or hygienist. Use a tartar control toothpaste to keep your teeth clean between regularly scheduled dental cleaning visits. So to answer your question, unfortunately no. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Soft versus hard: Dental plaque is a soft material composed of a large variety of bacteria and other microorganisms that form a biofilm covering the outer surfaces of a tooth. This plaque can harden and become tarter (or dental calculus) which is often tightly adhered to tooth structure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: No toothpaste can 'remove' tartar buildup. Toothpaste can 'prevent' the formation of tartar buildup, but only if used regularly. Your best bet is to go to your dentist or dental hygienist and have a prophylaxis or dental cleaning, where plaque and tartar are removed by scraping the surface of the teeth with special instruments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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