Everything You Need To Know About Tartar on Our Teeth
Posted on 1/9/2023 by Dr. Sebastien Murphy
Tartar is a dental problem that can cause serious health problems. In this blog post, we'll tell you everything you need to know about tartar on our teeth and how to prevent it from building up. We'll cover what tartar is, different ways of preventing it from building up, and the best way to remove all traces of tartar on your teeth.
What is Tartar?
Tartar is also known as dental plaque. It forms on our teeth when bacteria combine with the proteins and minerals in saliva to form a hard deposit that can't be removed by regular brushing or flossing, but only through professional means. Tartar builds up most often along the gum line of our lower front teeth because it's more difficult to reach. Tartar can lead to serious health problems if it isn't removed regularly, so let's talk about how you can prevent tartar from forming in the first place and what your options are for removing any that has already formed.
How Is Tartar Removed?
If tartar is caught early, you can have it removed by a dental hygienist during your routine cleaning appointment. If the buildup has been going on for some time and it's below the gum line of our teeth, then we will need to carefully remove all traces with special tools that scrape away at the hardened plaque stuck in between our gums and teeth. After the tartar is gone, it's crucial to maintain a clean mouth because tartar can build up again in as little as 24 hours if not properly cared for.
What Can We Do To Prevent Tartar?
The best way to keep your smile healthy by preventing plaque from building up on your teeth over time is through daily brushing, flossing and rinsing. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time is required to remove plaque that can't be reached with regular flossing or brushing alone. A water pick, mouthwash or other dental hygiene product also helps prevent tartar from forming because they help kill the bacteria in our mouths before it has a chance to stick on our teeth.
The dentists at our practice are always happy to answer your questions about tartar and dental hygiene. We encourage you to contact us if you have any other questions or need more information, as we want all of our patients to be well informed! If you would like an appointment with one of our highly skilled dentists, call today for a consultation.
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