Posted on 8/8/2022 by Brian Rounds, DDS
TartarWe all try to make sure we brush our teeth to prevent the accumulation of plaque and tartar. They make the teeth look brown and dirty. We all want to have a fresh white look, don't we? We will take an in-depth look into what tartar is and how it affects the mouth.

What is Tartar

Tartar is hard calcified deposits that accumulate and form a coat on the teeth. It leads to the deterioration of teeth and gums. The sight of tartar on the teeth is unpleasant looking and eats away the enamel of the teeth. Tartar is yellowish and is formed by accumulating a colorless film of bacteria called plaque. The process of tartar formation may take up to two weeks. Plaque is full of bacteria that eat up the enamel and lead to cavities. Regular cleaning and removal of plaque may reduce the chances of decay.

The Tartar build-up is commonly noticed by how the teeth feel. A hard irremovable rough, sticky substance is a common sign. It commonly occurs below the gum line and usually leads to bleeding of the gums. The tartar then creates a yellowish band below the gum line that may become black when not cleaned.

How to avoid and treat tartar

Prevention is the best solution to most dental issues. Hence avoiding the buildup of tartar instead of treating already accumulated bands on the teeth is the best available method. Tartar cannot be safely removed at home; hence, a dentist must manage the condition. However, plaque removal can be done at home. Brushing teeth twice a day gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush is advised. Daily flossing of the teeth is also important. This will also deal with the accumulated plaque in between the teeth. Use fluoride toothpaste or rinse the mouth with fluoride-based mouthwash to remove the bacteria built up while providing teeth with fluoride for protection.

Please consult our dentists' team for tartar prevention measures and removal procedures.

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