What is Tartar? How Do You Prevent It?

Aug 1st 2019

What is Tartar? How Do You Prevent It?

What is Tartar? How Do You Prevent It?

Aug 1st 2019

Proper oral care is important if you wish to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. But did you know that proper dental care is important to your overall health as well? Poor dental health has been linked to numerous medical conditions including heart disease, dementia, and respiratory ailments! 

Learning all we can about dental health is an important first step towards maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Once we understand the relationship between plaque and tartar, it becomes easier to prevent any oral health issues and the resultant systemic complications. 

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky substance, caused by the combination of leftover food particles and saliva, that contains around 800 different species of bacteria; some of which secrete acids capable of damaging the tooth enamel. You can find plaque attaching itself all over the tooth surface, and along the gum line. If not properly removed, plaque can irritate the gums and contribute to tooth decay.

What is Tartar?

When plaque remains on the teeth for several days, it hardens to form dental calculus or tartar. This rough, porous substance cannot be removed at home. It takes special tools and an experienced dentist to properly remove tartar from teeth.

Tartar can develop above or below the gum line. When it is below the gum line, it makes it more difficult for us to clean our teeth, which increases the likelihood of cavities and other dental issues. Tartar that forms above the gum line can lead to progressive gum disease. If not properly removed and treated in the early stages of gum disease, tartar can lead to the development of periodontitis.

Preventing Tartar Formation

Practicing good oral care habits and using the right products to “fight plaque” daily is the only way to prevent tartar formation. Brushing and flossing should take place at least twice a day. It’s also important to visit a dentist every six months. This is the best way to ensure any leftover plaque or tartar is fully removed.

Unfortunately, brushing with traditional toothpaste isn’t always effective at removing plaque. This is because traditional toothpaste is ineffective at penetrating plaque, making it nearly impossible to clean hard-to-reach areas, including near the gums, in-between teeth, and in the nooks and crannies. Traditional toothpaste also uses abrasives and detergents which are only marginally effective. Since toothpaste does not break-up plaque and it can be difficult to clean hard-to-reach places, this can leave plaque along the gum line and between the teeth where cavities are common; causing bigger issues if plaque turns into tartar.

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