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What is tartar?
The accumulated plaque and minerals from the saliva that hardens are known as tartar or calculus. Tartar is like the crusty blanket on the teeth. It is the hardened version of plaque. It coats the exterior of the teeth which can invade the gumline below. Food and drinks can easily stain tartar as it is porous in nature. Plaque crawls between the teeth and between the gum line and the teeth, it makes it more difficult to get rid of it. Tartar creates a strong bond with teeth and it can only be removed by a tartar removal dentist.
Tartar deposits in between the teeth and between the teeth and gums, it appears yellow or brown in colour. When plaque is developed on a larger surface, the yellowness of the teeth is visible with naked eyes. Dental health can be disturbed due to tartar as it is formed due to the hardening of plaque. The formation of tartar also makes it difficult to remove plaque and bacterias from the teeth. The amount of tartar build-up may vary from individual to individual. But for many of them, it is an age-related factor.
Effects of tartar and plaque:
- Because of the bacteria buildup on the teeth, it can cause bad breath
- The hard layer outside the teeth that is the enamel, that can be destroyed which leads to tooth sensitivity, cavities and even loss of tooth
- Tartar and plaque can trigger gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis
- Gum disease may also cause irreversible damage to the teeth.
How to prevent tartar from plaque?
In few hours tartar can harden and lead to plaque formation, so brushing and flossing of teeth becomes important. To prevent plaque formation, the American Dental Association recommends the following:
- It is advised to brush teeth twice a day, at least for to two minutes each time
- One can use a toothbrush which is comfortable for them. it is your choice to use a manual or a powered toothbrush. But according to a study done in 2007, it showed that powered toothbrush removes greater plaque.
- It is advised to use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- It is advised that one should replace their toothbrush every three months.
- Use your brush at an angle of 45 degrees so that the plaque hidden between the teeth and gums is also removed.
- It is advised to use gentle and short strokes while brushing otherwise it can cause bleeding of gums.
- Rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic mouth wash will kill the bacteria that will cause plaque.
- Always use a toothpaste that contains fluoride in it because the fluoride will repair the damage caused to the enamel. Even use products that have triclosan as it helps fight bacteria and plaque.
- It is important to floss once a day. Because flossing will only remove the plaque that is present in between the teeth.
- Quit smoking and tobacco. It is observed that people who smoke or consume tobacco are likely to develop tartar.
How often to have tartar removed?
It is important to remove tartar periodically. Traditional dentist, as well as the dentist who not only look after the oral hygiene but also the overall health, can remove tartar.
The tartar removal dentist will remove the tartar with the help of a hand-held metal device that has a hook-like end and scrapes the tartar. In case of excessive damage caused because of the tartar, root planing or deep cleaning that involves scaling is recommended.
Removal of plaque and tartar is done on both above and below the gumline. During the process of tartar removal, roots of teeth are smoothed so that it helps in the reattachment of the gum to the tooth. In the case where the bacteria are in the pocket, then the laser is used to kill the bacteria.
How does tartar impact your gums?
Tartar impacts your gums because gum disease can occur because of the irritation and inflammation due to tartar. Gingivitis is a reversible condition caused because of the early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is often painless but if it is left untreated it can lead to gum disease known as periodontitis. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Redness and swelling of gums
- Bleeding of gums during brushing and floss
- Tender gums
In later stages, gingivitis can lead to an irreversible disease known as periodontitis. Periodontitis is one of the major reasons for tooth loss in India. In periodontitis, there is a development of pocket between the teeth and the gum line because the gums are being pulled away from the teeth. In addition to the above symptoms, the following signs would be seen in patients with periodontitis:
- Pain while chewing food
- Teeth becoming loose
- Separation of gums and the teeth
- Collection of pus between the teeth
In extreme conditions, if the bacterias of periodontitis enter the bloodstream, then it may cause heart and lung disease. It becomes necessary to keep a check of the above-mentioned dental problems because I can lead to adverse effects. In order to avoid such conditions, it is important to brush, floss and rinse the teeth regularly.
How can Sabka Dentist Help?
Even today there are many people who are scared to visit a dentist. To find the tartar removal cost in India, various factors have to be considered.But at Sabka Dentist cleaning teeth is a simple and painless treatment.
Treatment of any dental problem requires a thorough examination. After that treatment plans are discussed with the patient and after taking their concent the expert will proceed with the treatment. At Sabka Dentist first, a complete examination is performed before the cleaning process. A tartar removal dentist checks the teeth and gums with the help of a mirror and looks out for potential concerns.
The tartar removal dentist, with the help of the sclera and a small mirror, will remove the plaque and tartar that is present between the teeth as well as between teeth and the gums. During this process, the tartar cleaning dentist will scrape the over the teeth and you will hear the scraping sound. The dentist will brush the teeth with a high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste.
Once the tartar I removed brushing and flossing regularly will stop the plaque from building and hardening. Flossing of teeth is an important step, at Sabka dentist the expert will then teach the steps to floss teeth at home.
At Sabka dentist the experts will guide you so that you have the best oral hygiene and fresh breath always.