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Learn what tartar is, how it works, and how you can best avoid tartar buildup on your teeth.


What is tartar?

Dental tartar (also called calculus) is simply calcified plaque that builds up on your teeth and under your gum line. Plaque, when left unchecked, eventually hardens into calculus and can cause a number of dental problems, including receding gums and gum disease. It isn’t easy to brush away like plaque and requires thorough scraping to be properly removed.

How to avoid tartar build-up

Here are a handful of ways you can prevent harmful tartar build-up!

Floss daily 

Flossing (or interdental cleaning) removes harmful bacteria, acid, and plaque from those tricky spots that your toothbrush may have missed. This is essential to an effective dental routine, because skipping flossing could invite cavities and tartar buildup, regardless of your brushing habits.

Rinse with mouthwash daily

Using a fluoride or antiseptic mouthwash each evening will help you wash away the things that harm your teeth and gums most.

Watch what you eat

Some foods are more likely to cause tartar buildup. So stay away from excessively sweet and starchy things, such as white bread and sodas. Click here for a short list of foods to avoid for the sake of your teeth.

Try an electric toothbrush

Using a toothbrush designed for plaque removal is a terrific investment tartar buildup prevention.

Dental tartar and heart health

Did you know that dental health and heart health are closely connected? In fact, tartar buildup is known to be one of the early warning signs of a heart attack! A dental professional can spot excessive tartar buildup early, promoting not just dental but also heart health! So don’t skip your regular dental checkups.

If you believe you have tartar build-up and have not had a dental checkup in some time, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and skilled dental staff!
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