April 2, 2020

Yellowish Smile? Understanding Tartar & How to Reduce It

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 9:41 pm

Close up of teeth that need remove tartarYou’ve probably heard your Grand Prairie dentist say that you need to brush your teeth to prevent tartar buildup, but why? Although roughly 68% of adults have at least some tartar on their teeth, many don’t know what this tough substance is or why it needs to be cleaned away. However, if it’s allowed to accumulate on your teeth, it can lead to a dirty-looking smile and a variety of serious oral health concerns. Read on to learn how to remove tartar and keep your smile healthy.

What is Tartar?

Even though plaque and tartar are typically mentioned in the same sentence, they are very different. Plaque is a clear, sticky biofilm that collects on your teeth throughout the day. The bacteria it contains feeds on the sugars in the foods you eat, which can lead to a variety of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. If it’s not cleared away regularly, plaque will mineralize and harden into a substance known as tartar. This tough, porous material can form both above and below the gumline and cause your teeth to feel crusty or rough.

How Does Tartar Impact My Smile?

Tartar buildup is the foundation for a wide variety of annoying and dangerous dental health conditions. It’s porous and durable constitution make it easy to stain, difficult to clean, and the ideal area for growing bacteria. If it’s not taken care of right away, it can lead to problems like:

  • Chronic bad breath.
  • Tongue or oral infections.
  • A yellow or brown hue to your smile.
  • Tooth decay and dental infections.
  • Gum irritation and periodontal disease.

How Do I Get Rid of & Prevent Tartar Buildup?

Unfortunately, you can’t clean away tartar yourself. This tough material can only be cleared away by a dental professional, who can use special tools to comfortably, safely, and effectively remove it from both above and below your gumline. The best thing you can do is to prevent tartar from forming in the first place with great oral hygiene habits like:

  • Brushing for two minutes twice a day.
  • Flossing between your teeth thoroughly daily.
  • Using a tartar-control toothpaste or mouthwash that contains fluoride.
  • Eating a low-sugar diet and limiting snacking.
  • Quitting tobacco products.

However, even the best dental routines need additional support from time to time. See your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups remove any built-up tartar and protect your happy and healthy smile.

About the Practice

At Allheart dental, we encourage our Red Oak, Irving, Arlington, and Grand Prairie, TX patients to come in for cleanings at least twice a year. Our dental professionals use the latest dental technology to ensure any oral health conditions are identified as early as possible. While we do our best to prevent any damage or discomfort before it can develop, we also offer a wide variety of services to overcome anything that stands between you and your ideal smile. If you have more questions or concerns about tartar, feel free to contact us via our website or at (972) 672-1920 for our Grand Prairie office.

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