What is tartar?
Did you know 68% of adults have tartar? Tartar, also called dental calculus, is a yellow or brown colored deposit that forms when plaque hardens on your teeth. Because tartar buildup on teeth is strongly bonded to the tooth enamel, it can only be removed by a dental professional. You have a greater risk of developing tartar with braces, dry mouth, crowded teeth, smoking and aging.
What causes tartar on teeth?
When plaque accumulates and is not removed from teeth, it can harden and turn into tartar. Plaque can be removed with good oral habits, but once plaque becomes tartar, you’ll need to pay your dentist a visit and get the tartar removed professionally. Susceptibility to tartar buildup varies greatly depending on the individual.
As mentioned earlier, tartar buildup bonds strongly to enamel and must be removed by a dental professional, which is why it’s so important to be proactive and remove plaque before it becomes a problem. If you start seeing any signs of tartar buildup, be sure to see your dental professional.
How can you help prevent tartar buildup?
Staying on top of your oral health and preventing plaque buildup on teeth is the best way to prevent tartar. This includes brushing and using mouthwash twice a day, and flossing daily. Crest can help with the right products for your routine:
Finally, remember to visit your dental office regularly for oral exams and cleanings.