Do you seem to have more problems with tartar buildup than most people? Although tartar is usually a sign of poor oral hygiene, a few people can still have problems even if they are dedicated about their home care. When regular brushing and flossing isn’t enough, here are a few tips to try:
#1 – Chew Gum Containing Xylitol
Xylitol is a unique sugar substitute that prevents biofilm form being able to adhere, accumulate and calcify on the surfaces of your teeth. Chewing a piece of Xylitol gum a few times a day (or purchasing the drops at a health food store) can dramatically limit the amount of buildup in your mouth.
#2 – Change Toothpastes
Tartar control toothpaste is blended with specific ingredients to help prevent the calcifications from forming on your teeth. Usually it is not recommended unless you tend to have heavy buildup. One downside to tartar control toothpaste is that it’s also linked with tooth staining when used on a long-term basis. Just remember – it won’t remove the buildup that is already there. For that, you will need to see your dental hygienist!
#3 – Invest in a Better Toothbrush
Not all toothbrushes are created equal – even the electronic ones. This is a situation where you truly get what you pay for, and a $5 discount electric brush isn’t going to do the job. Consider investing in a higher quality brush that simply allows you to sit it on your teeth while it does all of the hard work for you. Sure you may feel like you’re not “scrubbing” your teeth clean enough, but in a few weeks you should notice a huge difference.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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