Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is older plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar build up roughens the surface which gives plaque more surface area on which to grow. It can lead to more serious conditions, such as cavities, gum disease and even bone loss.

Tartar buildup or calculus can threaten the health of your teeth and gums. It is also a cosmetic concern for some patients who drink coffee, tea, or red wine or who smoke as tartar is more porous and it absorbs stains easily.

How do I Know if I Have Tartar Buildup?

Unlike plaque, which is a white or colorless film of bacteria, tartar is a mineral buildup that is fairly easy to see and is yellowish and calcified. The most common sign of tartar is a yellow or brown color to teeth or gums. Regular cleanings and maintenance is best way to ensure of the removal of tartar build up. Call your DENTAL TEAM to arrange your next dental cleaning.

How can I Prevent Tartar Buildup?

Proper brushing, and flossing are necessary to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Once tartar has formed, only your dental team can remove it. The process for removing tartar is called scaling. During scaling, the DENTAL TEAM uses special instruments to remove tartar from your teeth above and below the gum line.

Periodontal cleanings (Deep Cleanings)

We emphasize the importance of removing plaque by daily brushing and flossing. Good oral hygiene is essential in stopping the progression of periodontal diseases. Our office provides 3 or 4 month hygiene visits for maintaining and reinforcing proper hygiene and monitoring the progression of periodontal disease.

We place a special emphasis on these preventive aspects of care because, early detection, a proper diagnosis, and a treatment plan can provide corrective action and prevent tooth loss, gum and bone disease.


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