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What is Tartar, and How Can I Prevent It From Building Up?

Dental calculus, commonly known as tartar, is naturally-occurring substance that forms on the teeth of all people. Dental plaque is a soft substance primarily made up of bacterial film. Plaque reforms within a short time after brushing and flossing. Plaque that is not regularly removed can harden into tartar as a result of mineralization from saliva.

While plaque is easily removed with a toothbrush and floss, tartar can only be safely removed by a dental professional with specialized tools.

Some people form tartar more quickly than others. Why is it harmful to leave tartar on your teeth, and how can you prevent it from building up so rapidly?

Calculus – Get Rid of It!

Tartar-coated teeth are not very pretty to look at, for one thing. There are more serious effects, however. The presence of tartar irritates gum tissue, causing swelling, bleeding, and bacterial infection. This early infection is known as gingivitis. If left untreated, the infection can advance to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is the gradual or rapid breakdown of the bone and ligaments that support teeth. As the disease advances, teeth lose protection from the gums, and more tartar can develop on the roots of the teeth. Tartar provides a nice hiding place for bacteria which cause gum disease. Visiting your dentist for regular cleanings is essential to controlling the tartar buildup which can cause serious gum disease


You can slow down the development of calculus or, tartar, by controlling the formation of plaque. Daily brushing and flossing are essential to this process. Your dental hygienist will prescribe oral hygiene techniques and products that will aid you the best in combating the effects of dental plaque and tartar. Schedule your cleaning today!

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050 

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