As discussed in our previous blog post, tartar is the hardened form of plaque. Clearly you don’t want to leave plaque sitting on your teeth so long that it forms tarter, but sometimes plaque can live under your gum line and in places that is harder to reach with a toothbrush or even by flossing. In these cases, tarter can then form underneath your gum line and begin irritating your sensitive gum tissue.
Tarter also is a breeding ground for plaque. Because teeth provide more of a slippery surface, plaque cannot always adhere to your teeth, but with tartar in place it has a harder surface on which to adhere to. This increases your risk of getting cavities or gum disease.
Our first concern is your oral health, and plaque and tartar are not conducive with such health. But in addition to that, tartar can have a poor esthetic result. Tartar absorbs stains more easily, so your teeth will continually appear coloured until which time you have it removed.
It should be noted, that smoking additionally adds to this discolouration.
Although plaque is a colourless buildup caused by bacteria, tartar is a mineral buildup that is fairly noticeable the more it builds up on your teeth. As mentioned, it can first start beneath your gums, and then slowly creep up on your teeth as it builds upon itself. So we can’t reiterate enough how important regular dental visits are in order to prevent such things from happening.
A dental professional can quickly and painlessly address your tartar issues, and it will be attended to as needed at each cleaning.
Preventing tartar goes part and parcel with an overall positive oral health routine. From a healthy diet, to proper brushing, to regular flossing …all these steps and oral health processes play a part in preventing tartar from building up or occurring whatsoever.
Although scaling is a simple process administered by a hygienist, the simpler solution is not even allowing your teeth to get to the place where tartar will form.
At Dentists R Us, we want to ensure your teeth are healthy, clean, and stain-free. So feel free to make an appointment at any one of our dental offices for your next cleaning to ensure you are always smile ready!
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