May 23, 2018
One of the biggest threats to your smile is tooth decay. Little do many people know, decay starts from the plaque that hardens on your teeth over time. If you don’t visit your dentist in Anaheim on a regular basis (every 6 months), you could risk developing decay and cavities among other dental concerns. Learn more about tartar build up and what you can do to get rid of it in this week’s blog post.
The Truth About Tartar Buildup
There is a difference between plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky film made up of dental bacteria that sits on top and in between your teeth. Tartar is a hardened substance that is practically impossible to remove from your teeth without the proper professional tools. Actually, you need an Anaheim dentist to truly remove tartar, but there are a few things that you can do to keep plaque at bay before it forms into harmful tartar.
1. Brush twice a day.
Since plaque is a sticky substance, it’s relatively easy to remove with a consistent dental hygiene routine. This means brushing twice a day is the bare minimum to regular plaque and tartar removal.
2. Floss every single day.
Flossing is essential to an excellent hygiene routine. If you don’t floss, you could miss up to 35% of your tooth’s surface, leaving plaque to harden between your teeth.
3. Go electric.
Sure, manual brushes can do the job. But electric toothbrushes have been proven to remove more plaque because of their rotating brush heads. This continues cleaning your teeth even if you’re not scrubbing them at the moment.
4. Use special dental products.
If you have a history of dental cavities or problems with decay, your dentist can recommend special dental products for you to use, like tartar-control toothpaste. The ingredients that are included in these products help kill off bacteria in the mouth so that plaque and tartar don’t harbor.
5. Change your diet.
Some sugary or starchy foods can create more plaque buildup than other foods. You might notice that some sugars and starches in snacks like crackers, chips, and sweets leave a sticky film on your tongue and teeth. This is the harmful stuff we’re talking about! Instead, try healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and nuts.
If you really want to work to prevent dental problems altogether, visiting your dentist can help clean your teeth and optimize your home care routine!
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