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What is dental plaque and tartar?

Dental plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth and gums. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Plaque forms when bacteria in the mouth combine with food particles and saliva, creating a film that coats the teeth and gums.

Here are some tips to help get rid of dental plaque:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day: Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is the most effective way to remove plaque from your teeth.
  • Floss regularly: Flossing once a day is essential for removing plaque from between the teeth and along the gum line.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash: Using an antiseptic mouthwash can help kill bacteria in the mouth and reduce plaque.
  • Eat a balanced diet: Avoid sugary and starchy foods that can contribute to the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental checkups and cleanings are important for removing plaque and preventing oral health problems.

By following these tips, you can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of dental plaque.

Dental tartar, also known as dental calculus, is a hard, yellowish or brownish deposit that forms on the teeth and gum line. Tartar is a mineral buildup that occurs when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, and food particles are not removed from the teeth through regular brushing and flossing. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing alone and requires professional dental cleaning to remove.

Dental tartar is a common dental problem that can lead to a variety of oral health issues if left untreated. Tartar buildup can cause gum inflammation, which can lead to gum disease, bone loss, and tooth loss. It can also cause bad breath and make teeth appear yellow or discoloured.

Preventing dental tartar buildup requires good oral hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash can help remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing tartar buildup.

If you have tartar buildup on your teeth, your dentist may recommend a professional dental cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, to remove the buildup and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.

To book your dental check-up appointment today call us on 01908 260757 or contact us here.

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