Keeping Tartar under Control


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Tartar, which is sometimes hard to control, will eat your teeth if you do not brush them. Find out what tartar really is and what kind of damage it can really do.

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Keeping Tartar under Control

  1. 1. 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? Your Routine 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. Plaque Buildup 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.
  2. 2. 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. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Photo Credit: