Plaque Vs. Tartar
Daily oral hygiene is essential, even if your teeth and gums appear clean. Plaque is always forming on the teeth as you salivate, eat, or drink. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that are detrimental to oral health. Your teeth and gums are at risk if daily brushing and flossing are not part of your hygiene regimen.
Brushing & Flossing
Brushing and flossing can help to maintain good oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Flossing should occur at least once each day, but your dentist may recommend an enhanced routine.
If you have difficulty sticking to a regular brushing and flossing routine, teeth can form decay. Your gums are also at risk of becoming inflamed or infected with gingivitis (gum disease). If these issues are left untreated, you could lose teeth or develop a severe gum infection called periodontal disease.
Regular Dental Exams & Cleaning
Even patients who adhere to a daily dental hygiene routine can suffer oral health issues related to the plaque buildup. It is, therefore, important to schedule regular dental examinations. A comprehensive checkup will include professional cleaning to keep teeth and gums healthy and strong.
These oral cleanings are essential because plaque can harden over time to form what is commonly known as tartar. No amount of brushing or flossing at home will remove tartar from teeth and gums. A dentist, or very likely a dental hygienist, must remove the substance with professional cleaning. If you have any concerns about oral health, early intervention can ensure that affected teeth remain healthy.
Calculus (Tartar) Effects
Tartar is a hard, rough substance that is typically yellow or brown in appearance. Common effects of untreated tartar include discoloration of teeth, tooth decay, and gum disease. Once calculus has formed, it becomes increasingly difficult to remove new plaque from the teeth and gums.
Removing plaque each day is the first defense against oral health problems. However, there is no way to perfectly predict which individuals are most likely to experience plaque leading to the forming of tartar. So, even individuals who practice good oral hygiene may need to have tartar removed professionally by a dentist.
The purpose of a comprehensive dental plan is to maintain optimal oral health. Retaining natural tooth structure is always preferable to synthetic restoration. You can keep your original teeth by practicing effective oral hygiene at home and attending all dental appointments. Early detection of tartar formation is just one of the many benefits of regular comprehensive exams.
Nishan Halim serves individual patients and families in all age groups. At his offices in Washington DC, Dr. Halim has helped countless patients by providing vital oral health education and individualized treatment plans. If you are struggling with oral health problems, fully comprehensive care is available today.
Reach out to Dr. Nishan Halim to book an appointment for your checkup and professional cleaning. Do not allow the buildup of plaque to destroy your natural teeth, gums, or smile. Get in touch today.