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Plaque Tartar Build-up Leads To Gum Disease

Updated on July 3, 2017

If Tartar Is Not Removed It Can Lead To Periodontal Disease

Plaque is a clear sticky film of germs and bacteria that forms and deposits on to the teeth. It also forms on the gums, cheeks, palate, tongue, crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures, rough areas and overhanging margins of dental restorations.

However, even if you do not properly brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day the plaque will continuously develop and grow on the teeth.

The plaque on the teeth appears as a yellow or brownish color. If it is left on the teeth more then 48 hours it will become a hard substance called calculus commonly known as tartar.

If the tartar is not remove soon it will blacken into a crusty substance and very difficult to remove with a toothbrush alone. And will have to be removed by a dental professional.

If the tartar continues to build-up on the teeth it will eventually cause tooth decay, gingivitis which, is the early sign of periodontal disease.

8 Ways You Help Prevent Plaque And Tartar Build Up:

1. Brush your teeth after each meal.

2. If you are unable to brush right after a meal, chew some sugarless gum for at least 20 seconds. This will help remove germs and left-over food particles from between the teeth.

3. If are out to lunch or dinner and forgot to bring your tooth brush with you, take a few sips of water, swish it around in your mouth, then swallowing it.

4. Floss your teeth a least once a day. The best time to is before you go to bed.

5. Don't forget to clean your tongue, cheeks and palate at least once a day to keep your mouth clean an fresh.

6. Use a oral-B electric toothbrushes or a mechanical toothbrush to brush your teeth instead of a manual toothbrush.

7. Use tartar control toothpaste and tartar control mouth rinse to help control plaque and tartar build-up.

8. See a dentist for regular dental check-ups.


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