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    Tips to control tartar buildup

    Tips to control tartar buildup


    What is tartar?

    No matter how much you take care of your mouth and teeth you will still have bacteria in your mouth. They mix with proteins and food byproducts to form a whitish sticky film called dental plaque, this layer accumulates on and in between teeth and if this plaque is not removed it transfers within 12 hours to another substance called tartar which is hard to remove by normal brushing and needs to be removed by a professional.

    Every time you eat, the bacteria create acids that can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities. The acids can also lead to inflamed or infected gums.

    So how to reduce plaque accumulation?

    -Brush regularly, twice a day for at least 2 minutes a time. A quick brushing even 10 times a day won’t remove plaque or prevent tartar. Try to use a brush with soft bristles that is small enough to fit into your mouth . Be sure to include the hard-to-reach surfaces behind your teeth.

    -Studies show that electronic, toothbrushes may get rid of plaque better than manual models. No matter which type you use, be sure it has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. These have undergone rigorous quality control and safety tests.

    -Choose toothpaste with fluoride. It can help prevent plaque from hardening into tartar. Plus, the fluoride will help repair enamel damage. Some products have a substance called triclosan that fights the bacteria in plaque.

    – No matter how good you are with a toothbrush, dental floss is the only way to remove plaque between your teeth.

    -Try to eat a healthy diet and limit the amount of sugary foods you eat. That goes for snacks, too. Every time you eat, you also feed the bacteria in your mouth. Drink plenty of water after meals.

    -Don’t smoke. Studies show that people who smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products are more likely to have tartar.

    -Once tartar has formed, only a dental professional will be able to remove it from your teeth. So, visit your dentist every 6 months or as per advised to remove any plaque and tartar that might have formed and to prevent further problems

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