It’s just not likely for anyone to be 100% plaque-free. We all have at least a little plaque in our mouths, and as bacteria starts to feed on that plaque, a corrosive acid is left behind. This begins to harden into tartar, a substance that irritates your teeth and gums.
Because anyone can be susceptible to tartar buildup, the team at Lowry Main Street Dental has put together some information on prevention and treatment.
Tartar is very difficult to remove from your teeth and requires the help of a professional. For this reason, you should take all precautions you can to prevent tartar from forming in the first place.
Limit Snack Foods. Sugars and starches are bound to get stuck in the nooks and crannies of your teeth. There, they become a food source for bacteria. Cutting down on sweets and snacks can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste. Always be sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should be brushing at least twice daily and for at least two minutes each time. This gives the fluoride enough time to penetrate and strengthen teeth.
Floss Every Day. Brushing alone cannot remove all of the plaque from between your teeth — no matter what type of toothbrush you use. Flossing also eliminates plaque and debris from the gum line, which is where tartar most often forms.
As mentioned previously, tartar can only be removed with the help of a dental professional. Tartar is removed using a process called scaling, where a special dental tool is used to scrape tartar off of your teeth.
Although you may be able to find similar tools available for sale, you should never attempt to scale your own teeth. Scaling requires technique and training and could cause serious tooth and gum damage if performed improperly.
If you have any concerns about tartar in your own mouth, be sure to call and schedule an appointment!