How to Remove Tartar from Teeth

How to remove tartar from teeth? It is very important to brush your teeth properly and rinse with antiseptic mouthwash regularly to prevent tartar buildup but first of all many people do not know what tartar is so let’s talk about that first.

What is Tartar?

If you brush every day, you still have some bacteria in your mouth which become a sticky film called dental plaque when they combine with food byproducts. This then gets under the gum line and coats your teeth and eventually sticks to the fillings or any other dental work you have done. 

Plaque carries bacteria and can damage teeth enamel and eventually lead to cavities it can be preventable if you remove plaque regularly but if plaque stays on your teeth, it becomes tartar.

Tartar is also called calculus and it forms above as well as below the gum line, if it becomes severe it can be removed with special dental tools.

Effect of Tartar on Teeth and Gums

Tartar makes it harder to brush which then leads to cavities and tooth decay.

If the tartar forms above the gum line then it is dangerous because the bacteria can damage and irritate your gums and eventually it can lead to progressive gum disease.

The lowest form of gum disease is called gingivitis and it can be stopped with a regular brush, floss and antiseptic mouthwash. If it gets affected by bacteria it can get worse and progress to an upper level called periodontitis, your immune system sends chemicals to fight with it but sometimes it can combine with the bacterias and damages the teeth further.

Tips to Help Control Tartar

  • Brush regularly and twice a day for 2 minutes a time. 
  • Use an electric toothbrush because studies show it can be more effective in getting rid of plaque better than manual models.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride and tartar control because Fluoride will help repair enamel damage.
  • Rinse daily. Use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to help kill bacteria that cause plaque.
  • Watch your diet. Because the chemicals from your diet can combine with the tooth bacteria.
  • Don’t smoke. Studies show that people who smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products are more likely to have tartar.

Once tartar has formed, only a dental professional will be able to remove it from your teeth. So, visit your dentist every 6 months to remove any plaque and tartar that might have formed and to prevent further problems.

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