Because of poor dental care, or because of bad habits such as smoking or using tobacco, the plaque that is on our teeth can harden and become tartar.
Tartar is a yellow, sometimes brown, layer that can form on the edge of the teeth, close to the gums, or on the inner surface of the teeth; it is not nice to see, but most of all, it might be harmful to our health.
Plaque is a natural film of bacteria that forms every day on our teeth. It is invisible but can be removed with a proper oral hygiene, following a healthy diet and visiting our dentist or a dental hygienist regularly.
If we don’t follow these rules, plaque can harden and accumulate below and above the gum line, becoming tartar, also called calculus.
Tartar might have bad consequences for the health of our teeth and gums and the best way to remove it without damaging our tissues is with the specific tools of the dentist or the dental hygienist.
While plaque is reduced with brushing and flossing, tartar is too hard and firmly attached to be removed with a toothbrush.
Teeth plaque removal. Struments.
In-office treatments to remove calculus use ultrasonic tools or dental hand instruments such as a periodontal scaler.
Tartar can often lead to other dental problems, such as cavities because teeth can not be cleaned properly, but mostly it can cause gingivitis, receding gums, chronically inflamed gingiva or more severe gum diseases. It is often associated with bad breath.
The best thing to do is to try to prevent the tartar accumulations, thoroughly brushing teeth and using dental floss. If you have difficulty removing the plaque you can choose an electric toothbrush.
It is important to eat a balanced diet, avoiding foods and drinks too rich in sugar, and above all, it is important to avoid smoking, which facilitates the creation of tartar.
The safest way to remove tartar and prevent its formation is to go to a dental office, but you can use some home methods that can fight against acid.
Tartar removal. Solutions.
For example, baking soda can be employed putting a small amount on the toothbrush, or coconut oil can be spread on the teeth, an ancient system to treat teeth.
In any case, the best thing to do is talking with your dentist.