We all know that it is important to take care of our teeth. For many that is easier said than done. For whatever reason, be it a habit leftover from poor cleaning habits as a kid or simply a lack of time and attention, some people don’t have a good dental hygiene routine, even as an adult. Because of this, they get plaque and tartar build up that can cause cavities and other damage. It’s not too late to turn things around, however. Here is a great guide to removing plaque and tartar build-up and improving your dental hygiene routine.
What Is Plaque And Tartar?
As mouth bacteria grows on our teeth, it produces plaque and that plaque will eventually become tarter. The bacteria consumes any food particles left behind on your teeth after eating, especially the easily accessible stuff, like sugars. Plaque is a sticky film that is the byproduct of the bacteria eating the food on your teeth. The film can show up anywhere in your mouth, but it is most prevalent on tooth surfaces. It is fairly easy to brush away, but poor brushing habits can allow that plaque to sit for an extended time and become tartar. Tarter is essentially hardened plaque, and it is much harder than plaque to remove.
Removing Plaque And Tarter
If you already have plaque and tartar build-up, you need to get on with removing it before it does serious damage. As mentioned above, removing plaque is easier than removing tarter. Plaque can be removed by simple brushing and flossing. Flossing is important because the space between the teeth is easy to miss with the toothbrush. Plaque can start to harden into tartar in as little as 1-3 days, so brushing regularly, at least twice a day, everyday, is key. Once you have tartar build-up, you need to visit the dentist to have it cleaned away.
Preventing Additional Plaque And Tartar Build-up
Removing it is only one part of the process. What you want to do is limit the build-up of plaque and tarter in the first place. But how do you do that? You already know the answer: brush twice a day, every day, floss everyday, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Catonsville Dental Care is The Best Choice for Your Dental Health
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.