Keeping Your Smile Tartar-Free
Dental plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth over time and can eventually lead to tartar build-up. If left untreated, tartar build-up can lead to enamel and gum damage.
Learn these common signs of tartar build-up and how our team at ProHEALTH Dental can help keep your smile healthy.
How Plaque Leads to Tartar Build-Up
Saliva, food, and fluids all combine in your mouth daily, which allows bacteria to grow where the teeth and gums meet. This combination of debris is called plaque.
Plaque can be removed on a daily basis by brushing your teeth at least 2 times per day, or after every meal. However, your saliva contains minerals, and if your teeth aren’t brushed, these minerals are deposited into the plaque biofilm. This causes the plaque to harden within 24 to 72 hours, turning into tartar.
Though you can prevent plaque build-up at home, tartar removal requires the help of a dental professional. If left untreated, tartar build-up can cause:
- Advanced gum disease
- Bad breath
Signs of Tartar Build-Up
Plaque is easily spotted by its pale yellow color that covers your teeth, but it can also be colorless at times. Additionally, once it hardens, tartar feels like a crusty blanket on teeth. Foods and drinks can easily stain tartar deposits, such as coffee which can stain your teeth brown.
Preventing and Treating Tartar Build-Up
The best way to prevent tartar from forming on your smile is to brush your teeth regularly, floss, use mouthwash, and visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You can also limit your intake of plaque-causing snacks. Foods that contribute to plaque and tartar formation include:
- Soft drinks
- Other carbohydrates
Achieving Better Oral Health in New York and New Jersey
When you’re a patient at ProHEALTH Dental, you will always receive the highest standard of care. We deliver high-quality results utilizing state-of-the-art equipment in a modern and tranquil atmosphere.
Our dentists utilize specialized instruments to deliver the best treatment possible. Scheduling a comprehensive exam is one of the first steps in achieving optimal oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our many convenient offices!