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 regular brushing and flossing.

So how and why does it continually build up on your teeth? Allow us to answer…

Understanding Tartar

The truth is, regardless of how much of a stickler you are with your oral care routine we all have bacteria in our mouth, and bacteria is what is responsible for ultimately creating tartar. Bacteria mixed with the proteins found in your mouth, along with the food you eat, all start the process of creating plaque.

Plaque seems to “grow” on your teeth, under your gum-line, and in hard to reach places like between your teeth. Plaque is a contributing culprit for creating cavities, hardening into the more fierce culprit – tartar. The bacteria within plaque has acidic properties that can damage tooth enamel, and this type of acid can also lead to infected or inflamed gums if not regularly removed.

How Do I Safeguard Against Cavity Causing Tartar?


There is no real way to stop cavities from occurring altogether, but there are ways to prevents them, and that is through regular brushing and flossing along with regular visits to your dentist for checkups.

The tartar you might not see under your gum line is what your hygienist needs to attend to. Unfortunately plaque can turn into tartar in as little as a day. That’s why brushing multiple times throughout the day is so important, and why regular cleanings are also important. They work together for optimal oral care.

At DentistsRUs, we want to see everyone under the care of our dental professionals with a healthy smile. So call or click on one of our dental offices below to find a dentist conveniently located in your area, and tackle your tartar issues before they tackle your teeth!


Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View

Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View

Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View

Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View

New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View