Tips to Control Tartar Buildup

Did you know that it is not only cavities that causes pain in your teeth or gums? There are many other problems that can be caused if you stop taking care of your oral hygiene. One of these is tartar. Most of us are not even aware of this problem. Learn more about tartar and the precautions to avoid it:


Tartar, more commonly known as calculus, is plaque that grows on your teeth and hardens over time. It can also form under your gum line which can cause an irritation in your gum tissues or lead to periodontal disease. Tartar actually gives bacteria more area to grow by giving a rough surface to adhere to. This can welcome other problems like cavities and other oral diseases.

Tartar starts out as a colorless form of bacteria. It can be easily
detected if it is growing above the gum line. The easiest way to detect tartar is by seeing a change in the color of your teeth. Yellow or brown color is most common. It is because tartar lets your teeth absorb stains. If you are someone who drinks tea and coffee, you can easily detect it.

There is only one way to get rid of tartar. The solution is that you have to visit one of our professional dental hygienists. With proper care and regular dental check ups, you prevent it from growing in large amounts and causing oral health issues.


Brush your teeth and floss twice a day. Make sure that you are using a good toothpaste and a toothbrush. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes as it will help in removing all the particles, fight plaque and prevent tartar from growing.

Make sure that you buy a toothpaste that is specially designed for tartar control. This will prevent the plaque from transforming into tartar. The fluoride in it will help you cure damage to the enamel. According to a research, people who use a lot of tobacco have a higher risk of getting tartar in their teeth. Avoiding any forms of tobacco is best. It doesn’t matter how good you are at brushing your teeth. If you want to avoid getting tartar on your teeth you must start flossing your teeth. Plaque is the reason of tartar’s formation and it is formed especially in between teeth. These are the areas where your toothbrush cannot reach properly. You cannot rely on your toothbrush to clean all tooth surfaces.

There you go! These are some of the precautions that you can take in order to avoid tartar. Make sure that you see your dental hygienist and dentist regularly to help maintain a healthy smile! Our team at Advanced Dental Care of Twin Falls are your advocates for a brighter smile!

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