Keeping Tartar under Control
Tartar is a monster that will eat your teeth if you don’t brush them. At least, that’s what we tell our
children. But what really is it and what kind of damage can it really do?
You have a routine. You like to eat to stay alive and brush your teeth
to stay clean. This routine has worked pretty well for you until you
went to the dentist and found out that you still have plaque on the
hard-to-reach places in your mouth. This plaque is remnants of what
you missed while brushing your teeth.
Once you have enough plaque, it begins to builds up into tartar. As dangerous as plaque is, tartar is
worse. It begins to harden in the spaces between your teeth, making it much harder to remove. It is not
just harmlessly sitting there, either. It secretes acid that hurts tooth enamel and forms cavities. If it is
not removed, it will lead to gum inflammation and disease.
The entire process of plaque building up can be completed in just
26 hours. If you allow this to happen, calculus may start forming as
well. This is when the tartar becomes mineralized onto the teeth,
which makes it even harder to remove. At this point, just merely
brushing and flossing will not get rid of it.
If you get gingivitis from the tartar buildup on your teeth, there is still hope to reverse it. As long as you
are sure to brush and flossing your teeth regularly, especially around the gums and back of the teeth,
you should be able to reverse the effects.
Many have wondered if what kind of toothbrush they use makes any difference. It is generally
recommended to use one with soft bristles that will not threaten the integrity of your existing tooth
enamel. Studies also show that powered toothbrushes tend to be more effective than others when it
comes to plaque removal. Others say that it doesn’t matter what kind of toothbrush you use, as long as
you know the right methods of using it.
Get the Toothpaste with Fluoride; and Floss!
Which toothpaste you use can be just as important as the
toothbrush. Rather than focus on the whitening toothpaste, find
one that also has fluoride in it. This helps repair damage to the
dental enamel, which is why it is often found in public water
supplies. Atriclosan is also beneficial in toothpastes as an
antibiotic that fights against the plaque.
The element that most people tend to forget is flossing. This is the main source of plaque removal we
have at our disposal as plaque and tartar build up in between our teeth where we can’t feel it most of
the time. Another easy way to prevent the buildup of plaque is to drink plenty of water between means.
These tips and recommendations come from a qualified dentist in Cottonwood Heights. Visit one today
for a check-up and to make sure that you do not have any cavities, plaque, tartar, calculus, or signs of
gingivitis or other gum diseases.
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