Understanding Tartar-Part I
September 2, 2016
Plaque and Tartar
September 2, 2016

Understanding Tartar-Part II

When tartar isn’t removed and gingivitis isn’t treated early, oral problems can progress into a more serious phase i.e. gum disease or periodontitis. As a result, pockets start forming between the teeth and gums that are attacked by bacteria. When the immune system starts releasing chemicals in response to this bacterial growth, there is an adverse effect on the tissues and bones holding the teeth in position. This tends to result in tooth loss as well as bone degradation.

So, How Can Tartar Be Controlled?

The most ideal strategy for avoiding the detrimental effects of tartar on the teeth is preventing the growth or accumulation of tartar in the mouth. The first step in this regard is brushing the teeth regularly and carefully. Short, 30-second brushing sessions two times a day aren’t enough for eliminating dental plaque as well as preventing tartar growth. A brush having soft bristles should be used that is big enough for reaching all mouth regions. It is also important to focus on the back surfaces of teeth along with rear molars.

Some oral health experts believe that powered toothbrushes may have more effective results as compared to their manual counterpart, particularly in terms of plaque removal. However, most experts focus on using the right tooth brushing techniques instead of the type of toothbrush that should be used. There are a number of tartar-control toothpastes with added fluoride available in the market. These help in keeping dental plaque from hardening so that it doesn’t develop into tartar. Furthermore, fluoride present in such toothpastes helps in repairing any damage to the dental enamel. Certain toothpastes even have atriclosan, which is an antibiotic for fighting the bacterial plaque.

Another very important thing is flossing the teeth on a regular basis. Regardless of how diligent an individual is about brushing his/her teeth, regular flossing is the sole way of removing plaque accumulated between the teeth as well as preventing tartar formation. It should also be kept in mind that diet plays a very important role in keeping the teeth healthy. Bacteria love sugary and/or starchy atmospheres. And when they find such environments in the mouth, they start releasing detrimental acids. Ideally, a healthy diet should be consumed, which involves limiting the intake of sugary delights. Special attention should be given to snacking because this is the main source of bacterial growth in the mouth. Furthermore, drinking a lot of water in between meals is important for reducing plaque buildup.

Smoking is yet another major culprit of tartar buildup. Research has shown that individuals who smoke cigarettes have higher chances of developing dental plaque as well as tartar. It should be noted that tartar buildup is a serious dental problem and as soon as it arises, the dentist should be consulted immediately so that it can be effectively removed from the teeth.

 

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Dr. Bruno Silva
Founder and Principal Dentist, Brighton Implant Clinic.