Oral Hygiene FAQ: What Is Dental Tartar?

oral hygiene Hutto, TX

Oral hygiene is important because dental tartar is not fun! Luckily, good health is! Why is a healthy mouth good for the body? Quite simply, oral hygiene prevents tooth decay, gum diseases and helps prevent bad breath. If our oral health is not taken care of we could lose our teeth, especially as we grow older.

What is dental tartar and how is tartar formed?

Tartar is rough and porous and has a yellow or brown color. Teeth tartar is also known as dental calculus, which forms below and above the gum line. Tartar is a deposit on the teeth that trap stains which then, in turn, cause the discoloration. Certain foods can cause stains, such as blueberries, coffee and other deep rich in color foods.

Here's the deal:

Plaque and bacteria — which can damage tooth enamel and form cavities — can become problematic to remove if tartar formation is present. As we age, many of these deposits build up faster. Plaque also carries bacteria, damaging the enamel on the tooth. If this stays on the teeth it hardens into tartar, which needs to be removed.

The removing of tartar process is called scaling. Specialized instruments are used to remove the tartar, which the dentist is well-trained in using.

Unfortunately, tooth-brushing twice a day will not remove plaque or prevent tartar, but using oral hygiene with dental floss will help remove plaque between teeth and keep the tartar away. Once tartar forms, the dentist or hygienist is the only real option to clean it all out. But how often should a patient go in for a tartar cleaning? Depending on the patient, it could be wise to schedule a visit at least twice a year, or more often upon the dentist's evaluation.

Taming Plaque

Here are a few great tips to both understand and fight tartar better:

  1. Gently brushing your teeth and gums twice a day lines will keep bacteria away
  2. Using dental floss once a day will help fight tartar build-up
  3. Regular dental checkups and teeth cleaning
  4. A balanced diet by eating healthy
  5. Being a non-smoker or commit to stopping smoking
  6. Stay away from staining foods
  7. Use a tartar control mouthwash daily

As mentioned above plaque is a big factor in tartar

Removing the sticky film on a regular basis helps permanent gum disease. Gum disease could get into a person's bloodstream, turning into an infection of the gum tissue itself and even the bones surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease is on the rise and is an increasing health risk. A professional treatment is, of course, recommended to treat the disease.

Once tartar builds up on the teeth, it makes a yellow discoloration and causes bad breath. Once this happens, it can be difficult to easily remove the tartar.

Tartar doesn't have to be a permanent condition

There is so much to smile about, so keep smiling! Improve your overall dental health, your sense of confidence, and the way you look in the mirror by keeping tartar away.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Advanced Dental Care of Hutto, request an appointment in our Hutto office here: https://www.adchutto.com. Or call us at (512) 994-3609.

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.

Recent Posts

What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease?

You probably have a good reason to be worried that you have gum disease. After all, millions of adults in the United States have the condition, and worst still, a lot of them do not even realize they have it. Gum disease is detrimental to oral health and in worst cases could cause infection, loose…

When Are Dental Crowns Needed?

Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can be used to fix a wide range of cosmetic and therapeutic issues that affect teeth. Also called caps, crowns cover the visible part of a tooth, protecting it from bite forces, acids and bacteria in the mouth. Crowns also restore the appearance of teeth, hiding any flaws and…

Treatment Options For An Abscessed Tooth From An Emergency Dentist

An abscessed tooth is one of the main reasons why people visit an emergency dentist. It is a serious oral issue that usually comes with excruciating toothaches and repercussions for both your oral and overall health.Being able to identify the warning signs of a tooth abscess can help you to avoid the discomfort and pain…

Composite Bonding As A Smile Makeover Treatment

Composite bonding is one of the most affordable procedures performed during a smile makeover. The process involves permanently attaching composite resin to a patient's teeth using a high-intensity curing light.Most people have received a treatment that involves dental bonding at some point in their lives. It can be in the form of a restoration such…

Recent Posts

What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease?

What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease?

You probably have a good reason to be worried that you have gum disease. After all, millions of adults in the United States have the condition, and worst still, a lot of them do not even realize they have it. Gum disease is detrimental to oral health and in worst cases could cause infection, loose…

When Are Dental Crowns Needed?

When Are Dental Crowns Needed?

Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can be used to fix a wide range of cosmetic and therapeutic issues that affect teeth. Also called caps, crowns cover the visible part of a tooth, protecting it from bite forces, acids and bacteria in the mouth. Crowns also restore the appearance of teeth, hiding any flaws and…