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Jun
19

The Concern About Tartar Buildup

Posted in Gum Disease

Tartar buildup can become unsightly and cause bad breath, but there are even bigger reasons why the calcified mineral deposits on your teeth should be a concern. What tartar actually is, is calcified plaque on the surface of your teeth, both above as well as below your gumlines. It forms when plaque isn’t removed efficiently every day, causing it to harden and calcify. Once it’s achieved this state, tartar can no longer be brushed or flossed off of your teeth. Instead, only a dental professional with special equipment can safely remove the buildup from your mouth without damaging delicate oral tissues that surround it.

The reason that tartar is such a concern is predominately due to when it builds up below the surfaces of your gums. Most of the time you won’t be able to see this unless you have very advanced gum disease (and mobile teeth.) However, people do often see the tartar that is above their gums. Once it has build up underneath the gum pockets, tartar harbors bacteria and triggers periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, destruction of bone between the teeth, tooth mobility and ultimately tooth loss.

If tartar is removed on a routine basis by your hygienist, then gum disease can be managed, prevented, or reversed. If left alone, tartar continues to build up into such a severe state that teeth are completely lost due to the disease process.  A procedure calles scaling or root planing can remove tartal build up.  Your hygienist will use a special curette, scaler or ultrasonic device to dislodge the tartar from your enamel. Once a healthy oral environment has been created, good oral hygiene practices can prevent recurrent buildup and help your gums regain their healthy state.

Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental

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