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How To Remove Plaque and Tartar From Teeth

Updated on April 28, 2016

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a bacteria growth around your teeth.  Plaque is the beginning sign of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to bleeding gums and loss of bone around the tooth. 

What Causes Plaque

Here are the top five causes of plaque. To prevent plague from forming please avoid the listed items below.

  1. Not brushing twice a day
  2. Not flossing after you brush your teeth
  3. Not rising your mouth after brushing your teeth
  4. Not regularly seeing the dentist
  5. Indulging in sweet foods

What Is Tartar?

Tartar buildup is different then plaque. Tartar is the deposit of mineral on your teeth. It usually appears above and below the gum line and occurs when you have plague on your teeth. When you have tartar on your teeth, your teeth appear to be stain. However, it's not the teeth that are stain that the tartar you see.

Tooth Tartar Causes

Best Dental Tips for your Teeth

  • Use a plaque and tartar control toothpaste
  • Always floss
  • Use Plax
  • Avoid food with high sugar levels

How Does Plax Work?

Plax is a product made by Johnson & Johnson that soften plaque and tartar buildup.  Once the buildup is soft enough, it can be removed by normal teeth brushing and flossing.

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