What Makes Tartar So Bad?
Our mouths provide the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Tiny particles of food mix with the bacteria and proteins to create a sticky dental plaque. This plaque likes to hide out beneath the gum line. Wherever plaque sticks, damage may lead to cavities and gum irritation.
So, what happens when the plaque is not removed regularly?
Plaque that is left unchecked will harden on the teeth and form tartar (calculus). Gums grow irritated as the plaque hardens into tartar under the gumline. Since tartar is rough and porous, it offers plaque the perfect place to grow. thereby beginning the cycle again. Gum disease and decay can happen if teeth are not properly cleaned on a regular basis.
Keep in mind that once plaque turns to tartar, it takes special dental tools to remove the build-up.
Stop tartar build-up before it starts with these great tips:
- Opt for a Canadian Dental Association (CDA) approved toothbrush, so you know your toothbrush is up to the challenge. If it is an option, studies favor electronic toothbrushes over manual in removing plaque effectively.
- Use a fluoride-based tartar control toothpaste to help boost enamel development and fight bacteria overgrowth.
- Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a timer to be sure you brush for two whole minutes to effectively remove plaque and prevent tartar build-up.
- Floss between teeth and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to help keep tartar from building up between teeth and gums.
- Avoid sugary and starchy foods whenever possible. Bacteria thrive on sweets and leave acids behind on teeth as they ingest the sugars. Eating healthy and drinking plenty of water to help wash away food particles is helpful.
What are the Consequences of Tartar Build-Up in Abbotsford, BC and Beyond?
Visiting your friendly Abbotsford dentist and hygienist twice a year can nip any tartar build-up in the bud before it wreaks havoc in your mouth. Scraping of tartar from the visible surface of teeth and from under the gumline is called scaling. Unfortunately, once tartar has formed, it will take professional dental tools to properly handle the scaling.
The longer plaque is left on teeth, the higher the likelihood of damage from decay. Infection risk is amplified because the build-up of tartar separates teeth and gums, allowing for pockets of infection to pool under the gums. Periodontal (gum) disease is no laughing matter and can even lead to tooth or bone loss if untreated.
Book Your Appointment at Clayburn Dental
Give us a call at Clayburn Dental today at (604) 852-8487 or request an appointment online. Be sure to schedule a regular dental cleaning with your Abbotsford dentist every six months to ditch the plaque and tartar before they turn into a bigger problem.