Gentle Dental will provide you with the best smiles possible. We take pride in taking care of our clients. One way we urge our clients to keep those smiles as clean as possible is by keeping good hygiene for their own teeth. Over time, plaque and tartar can build up which will damage the teeth if not removed. You have most certainly heard of plaque from your dentist. Tartar is another threat teeth have to face.
Tartar is when plaque hardens. It is also called dental calculus. Over time, bacteria in your mouth mixes with food byproducts and proteins to create plaque. Plaque can easily be removed by practicing good teeth hygiene. However, if plaque is left on the teeth for long periods of time then it hardens into tartar.
Preventative Measures Against Tartar
Tartar can be found below and above the gum line. Gum disease or a receding gum line can occur if tartar is left unchecked. There are a number of ways to prevent tartar from building up in your mouth. You can see the full list of preventative measures below.
- Brush twice a day for a minute each
- Use an electronic toothbrush over a manual model
- Use a toothpaste with fluoride
- Rinse out your mouth with an antiseptic daily
- Keep an eye on your diet
- Quit smoking
If you have a large amount of tartar building up on your gums, we recommend seeing a dentist right away. Over time, bacteria can become irritated and cause pain. This is the last thing we want for anyone so, please, see dentists immediately. Once hardened, tartar cannot be removed. A dentist can remove this build-up with special tools designed for the job.
Tartar is extremely harmful to your teeth. Here at Gentle Dental, we want to make sure your teeth are as good as they can be. The best way to keep your teeth looking great is by calling us to make an appointment. Call us at (281) 855-1100 or visit our website to find more information. We will remove any build-up tartar or deal with any other dental problems you may be experiencing.