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Plaque and Tartar Are a Problem, But Why?

Most patients would agree that they don’t like the appearance of tartar

Most patients would agree that they don’t like the appearance of tartar. Most people would agree that the whiter and less misshapen their smile is, the better. How our teeth look tells us more than if we’re attractive or not. Our teeth’ appearance lets us know if we have potential dental health issues that should be on our radars. We see that tartar is an eyesore, but it’s also a dental health problem. Here’s why, along with why plaque is problematic as well.

Tooth Plaque Risks

Plaque forms on the tooth’s surface, and it’s a colorless, sticky film. Both good and bacteria exist in the mouth. However, plaque produces acid that attacks the tooth enamel, damages gums, and creates cavities. While it’s true that plaque is more challenging to see than tartar because it’s colorless, it is still a dental health issue. 

In this situation, out of sight, out of mind doesn’t ring true. Plaque accumulation can also cause periodontal disease that can compromise the immune system. When you have a daytime and nighttime dental health routine, you have a chance of fighting against plaque buildup. However, when plaque turns into tartar, things become a bit more complicated. 

Why Controlling Tartar Matters 

Tartar is plaque but calcified or hardened. The only way tartar removal happens is through routine dental cleaning at our office. When you don’t brush and floss plaque away from the teeth, tartar builds up around the gumline and threatens your teeth’ health and the bone structure surrounding your teeth. Tartar is yellow or brown and can irritate gum problems and cause gingivitis, a more aggressive form of periodontal disease. Once tartar forms, a dentist will have to scale your teeth in a process where they will have to use specialized tools to remove tartar above and below the gumline. 

A Reiteration of How to Reduce Plaque 

  1. Partake in regular visits to our office
  2. Ask us about fluoride treatments
  3. Eat as healthy as possible 
  4. If you sense that you may have dental health issues, do not delay scheduling an appointment 
  5. Take care of your teeth before sleeping! 
  6. Floss daily

Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care

Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth, or have a wisdom tooth extracted, Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.

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