Let’s start with what tartar is.
The sticky film that coats your teeth is called plaque. It is formed when the bacteria mixes with proteins and by-products of food in your mouth. It then also finds it’s way under your gumline and latches onto your dental work leading to cavities, gum disease, bad breath, and the like.
If this plaque is not removed on a regular basis through good hygiene and dental care, it will turn into tartar. It is porous and rough and forms below the gumline. Tartar is also known as calculus.
What happens if you end up with too much tartar?
Too much tartar can result in gum disease and receding gums. It can also make it difficult to brush and floss your teeth.
Can you just brush it off your teeth and gums?
Unfortunately, no. Tartar has to be removed by your dentist with special tools and skill. You risk damaging your teeth and mouth if you attempt to scrape it off yourself. So, in other words, do not try this at home.
How can I do my best at controlling tartar?
- Book a dental visit every 6 months for cleaning and checkup
- Practice good dental hygiene at home – brush twice a day for 2 minutes at a time
- Choose an electric toothbrush over a manual one
- Floss daily, hitting all of the hard to reach areas
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill bacteria in your mouth
- Buy toothpaste with “tartar control” and fluoride to help protect your enamel
- Eat healthy and drink a lot of water
- Quit smoking – smokers are more susceptible to tartar buildup
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