Some time-tested home remedies, including salsa, figs and black tea, help to combat plaque and tartar. However, brushing and flossing teeth twice a day is the most recommended way to remove tartar and plaque naturally, according to editors from HowStuffWorks.
The spices in salsa stimulate the salivary glands in the mouth, which makes a person produce excess saliva. This influx of saliva can remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, notes HowStuffWorks. Drinking water while eating salsa also helps to remove tartar and plaque from the mouth. Eating fresh figs is a two-fold, oral health-enhancing process. It strengthens the teeth and stimulates saliva flow to cleanse the mouth of tartar and plaque.
Black tea contains fluoride, a natural substance that inhibits the growth of dental plaque and tartar. The remedy suggested by HowStuffWorks includes dropping a black tea bag into 1 cup of hot water, and then letting it steep for six minutes to release the optimal amount of fluoride present in the tea. The tea bag should then be squeezed into the prepared tea to release the last remaining bits of fluoride that remain in the bag. The tea can then be used as a mouth rinse after eating sweets.