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Plaque and Tartar Are a Problem, But Why?

Friday, August 6th, 2021
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.

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Tips for Controlling Tartar Buildup

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Flossing helps to prevent tartar buildup. 

Consistently brushing your teeth, flossing your teeth, and using antiseptic mouthwash is the key to proper dental care. This information is common knowledge but do you know about tartar? Even when you have an excellent dental care routine in place, tartar can buildup on your teeth. That’s why you need to see a dental hygienist to clean your teeth.Plaque is the result of bacteria and food residue combining. When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar or calculus. It sits above the gum line and can lead to receding gums and gum disease, which are significant health problems. Keep reading to learn more about what tartar is and tips that can help control tartar buildup.

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Smoking and Oral Health: Could Tobacco be the cause of your Gum Disease?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Do you have constant bad breath (halitosis)? Are your teeth yellowed and discolored? Do you constantly battle plaque buildup and tartar? Do you have gum disease? Do you smoke?

The fact is that tobacco and your smoking habit could be the cause of the above oral problems. But that is just the beginning. Smoking can also increase your risk for leukemia, increase the loss of bone in your jaw, lower the success rate of dental implant procedures, and increase your risk for developing oral cancer.

Why is Tobacco so harmful?

Smoking tobacco products, like cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells and affects the attachment of bone and soft tissues to your teeth. This increases smokers’ risk for gum disease and other oral health problems.

Just in case you were wondering, smokeless tobacco products, like snuff and chewing tobacco, are just as bad for your health, containing 28 chemicals known to increase your risk for oral cancer. And a Journal of the American Dental Association study showed that chewing tobacco users were four times more likely than nonusers to develop tooth decay. So do yourself and your teeth a favor and kick the habit.

Ask your dentist or doctor for recommendations on how to quit.

If you have any questions about Tobacco and Oral Health or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Source: Smoking and Oral Health WebMD