Calculus or tartar is a form of hardened dental plaque. It appears as a yellow or dark hard mass around your teeth.
It can also form along the gum line and within the narrow gap that exists between the teeth and the gums.
The best way to stop tartar build-up is improving your dental care at home and by regularly visiting your dentist at Golden Square Dental.
Tartar and Other Dental Problems
Tartar leads to bad breath, gum disease and bone loss eventually weakening the foundation of teeth. Most often, gum disease does not cause pain and can easily be ignored.
However, by the time symptoms arise, the condition may be irreversible. Diseased gums are also related to various systemic illnesses like Diabetes. Hence, it is important to have regular gum examination and maintenance.
How to Control Tartar Build-up
Maintain good oral hygiene habits
Brush your teeth regularly and gently for about two minutes. Use the right toothbrush when cleaning your teeth. Be sure to brush all your teeth, especially the hard-to-reach surfaces.
Upgrade your toothbrush
Studies have found that electronics toothbrushes may be more effective in removing plaque than traditional toothbrushes. No matter which toothbrush you use, be sure to pick the one that has gone through rigorous quality control and safety tests.
Choose tartar-control Toothpaste
Use toothpaste that contains anti-tartar ingredients. Those that contain Triclosan are the best. Triclosan is known to help fight bacteria and plaque.
Brushing is not enough. You also need to use dental floss.
Flossing is the only dental hygiene method that effectively removes plaque and debris between your teeth and prevents tartar build-up in these hard to reach areas.
Watch your diet
The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugary and starchy food and beverages, causing them to release harmful acids when exposed to these foods. Try to limit your consumption of food that contain a high amount of sugar and starch, and keep a healthy diet. Be sure to drink plenty of water every after meal.
This habit might be hard to give up but if you want to keep a healthy, complete smile for life, you need to quit smoking as soon as you can. Studies show that smokers are more likely to develop tartar. In addition, smoking damages your body and not just your teeth.
Keep a Tartar-free Smile Today!
By following these simple tips you can easily prevent tartar build-up and other dental problems. At Golden Square Dental, we have our onsite dental hygienist who can keep your smile tartar-free. We use the latest technology to improve the wellness of your teeth and gums.