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
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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