We’ve all seen the commercials about how tartar on teeth is a bad thing but what is tartar? Even if you have good oral health habits your mouth will have bacteria in it. When this bacteria comes into contact with the proteins and other byproducts of food in your mouth it can mingle today and form a sticky substance that coats the teeth known as dental plaque. Dental plaque can cover your teeth, especially around your gum line, and is the reason it is important to brush your teeth twice a day or after you’ve had particularly sugary or starchy treats. If you neglect to deal with the dental plaque in your mouth it can harden into a rough and porous material known as tartar, or calculus. Tartar build-up in your mouth can lead to a number of different dental issues including:
Dealing with dental plaque before it can become tartar is always the best course of action by brushing and flossing daily, using mouthwash, and going to see a local dentist near you for regular checkups and cleanings. And if tartar does have a chance to form on your teeth it is important to do what you can to remove it.
Because the build-up of tartar on your teeth can cause many dental issues it is best to try to remove tartar before it becomes a problem. There are some things that you can do at home to help reduce plaque build-up before it can become tartar.
If dental plaque is able to form into tartar it can be difficult to get rid of on your own. There are some home remedies that can be used to deal with tartar on your teeth like rinsing your mouth and gargling with a vinegar, salt, and water solution, or scrubbing your teeth with a baking soda paste but these treatments won’t be as effective as booking a proper mouth cleaning with a family dentist near you.
The short answer is yes you will need to see a dentist to have tartar removed from your teeth properly. Unfortunately, at-home treatments just don’t compare to the tools and materials that an experienced dentist will have in his or her dental office. The good thing is that an experienced dental hygenist and dentist can do a dental scaling when you come in for a dental cleaning. And if they find that there is excessive tartar buildup you can come back in for an official dental scaling and root planing procedure where significant time will be taken to clean your teeth and descale them to remove the tartar.
If you are concerned about tartar or dental plaque buildup on your teeth, or you are just looking for an experienced family dentist near you contact our office. Higson Dental Group has been serving the residents of Grande Prairie, AB, and the surrounding communities for over twenty years and are proud to offer top-notch dental services including cleanups, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and emergency dental services. Call today to book an appointment or for any questions you might have. 780-532-4661
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