Tartar is a hard substance that builds up in your mouth if plaque is not regularly removed from the surfaces of your teeth and gums. This substance hardens on your teeth and can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist, using special tools. Tartar can make it difficult to brush and floss your teeth like you should, ultimately leading to decay and dental cavities. It can also lead to periodontal disease. So, how can you prevent tarter from building up in your mouth and threatening your long-term dental health? Read on to get some tips on how to control tartar in your mouth.
The best way to control tartar buildup is to prevent it from forming in the first place. This can best be achieved by brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily and flossing your teeth thoroughly at least one time per day. Some studies have found that electronic toothbrushes may be more effective in removing tartar. Whatever type toothbrush you choose, make sure that it has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
Choosing a toothpaste that is especially designed to control tartar can also be helpful. This toothpaste should also contain Fluoride.
Watching your diet and making sure you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can also help to control tartar in your mouth. Eating an abundance of starchy and/or sugary foods can cause more bacteria to form in your mouth. Eat these foods only in moderation and be sure to rinse or brush your teeth afterwards.
Refraining from smoking is also important in preventing tartar from building up in your mouth. If you would like more information on how to prevent tartar buildup on your teeth and gums, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist today.
Posted on Behalf of Dr. Leia Porcaro, Grateful Dental