As we wrote about in our last blog post, tartar is a hardened residue caused by plaque that adheres to your teeth, creating both a yellowing effect and increases the risk for decay if not removed with brushing and flossing, and also with regular dental cleanings.

So what are the effects that tartar can have on your teeth?

Because tartar is a hardened substance, it can actually begin to make it difficult to floss between your teeth if the buildup is too substantial. This leads to food being permanently lodged between your teeth, which leads to a higher likelihood of cavities forming.

Tartar that forms above your gum line is a cause for concern. Not only due to the risk of decay, but also due to the risk of gum infection or even gum disease.

The mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. It can usually be stopped and reversed if you brush, floss, and get regular cleanings from your dentist. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious condition known as periodontitis. Periodontitis can cause damage to your jawbone and the tissues surrounding your teeth. Some studies even link gum bacteria to heart disease and other health problems

Tartar Controlling Tips

As we advised in our last post …brush regularly. That means at least twice daily for a duration of 2 minutes. Electric toothbrushes have great timing features on them now, running for the duration necessary to truly clean your teeth. They are also great at getting into those hard to reach places in behind your molars and wisdom teeth – if you still have yours.

Studies even show that electric toothbrushes clean better than manual ones …so they might be a worthwhile gift option this coming Christmas!

Also, choose a toothpaste with tartar control and fluoride. This type of toothpaste helps to minimize plaque, which is the substance that will harden to become tartar. Fluoride is also known to help repair enamel damage, or you can purchase a full-spectrum toothpaste that offers multi-protection benefits.

At DentistsRUs, we want to help you achieve and maintain your optimal oral health. So call or click on one of our many dental professionals in your area for a dental checkup today!

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