Tartar, also called calculus, forms on your teeth when plaque isn’t removed. Since it can result in bleeding gums, stained teeth, cavities, and even more buildup, it’s important to learn how to prevent tartar from accumulating in the first place. By focusing more on preventative oral hygiene, you can keep tartar at bay.
1. Always Brush and Floss
The easiest way to prevent tartar buildup is through brushing and flossing. But how do you know if you’re really preventing the buildup? Plaque is clear, but as it hardens and mixes with saliva, it turns into tartar. As tartar builds up, you’ll see yellow and brown stains on your teeth.
By removing plaque early and before it has a chance to harden, you keep tartar off your teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Electric toothbrushes help even more with plaque removal. Additionally, you can try using a water flosser in place of traditional floss. However, manual brushing still works best for removing plaque.
2. Prevent Tartar With a Diet Change
You may already know that certain foods aren’t exactly good for your teeth. For instance, the acids in coffee can damage enamel and leave stains behind. Certain foods cause more plaque buildup than others, such as sugary drinks and foods. Limiting these helps reduce plaque and tartar. When you do eat or drink much sugar, brush as soon as possible afterward.
3. Add Mouthwash to Your Oral Hygiene Routine
While you should always use fluoridated toothpaste, it’s a great idea to follow up with fluoridated mouthwash. This helps remove plaque and bacteria in areas where brushing and flossing might not reach. Remember that mouthwash isn’t a substitute for flossing. But using all three together leads to a much healthier mouth.
4. See Your Dentist Regularly
The best way to help prevent tartar is to see your dentist regularly. Checkups let your dentist check your teeth thoroughly for signs of tartar. If there is any buildup, your dentist will remove it. Unlike plaque, you can’t remove tartar at home. You’ll need your dentist.
It’s critical to check in with your dentist, who can be proactive about removing tartar regularly. Otherwise, it can lead to periodontal disease, which can permanently damage teeth and gums. Prevention is the best method. Combine great oral hygiene at home with regular dental visits, and tartar will be one less thing to worry about.
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Content found on this blog is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please speak with a professional if you have concerns about your oral health.