Today we’re going to be talking about plaque and tartar, and the problems you can get from it.
Plaque is that sticky stuff that forms on your teeth shortly after eating. That’s why we want to brush and floss it off while it’s still soft. Eventually that sticky plaque will start to harden into what we call tartar or calculus, if it’s not thoroughly brushed. Even the best brusher or flosser isn’t able to get all that off.
Let’s talk about tartar for a minute. Tartar can get really hard on your tooth, almost like cement where you can’t remove it at that point. You’ll need a professional cleaning for that. Once that tartar builds, it accumulates and starts to travel under the gums. Once that happens you can think of it as getting a splinter in your hand, it infects things around it, it can be uncomfortable to touch so we don’t want to let that happen.
Another reason we don’t want tartar, is because of the bacteria that forms around that. It can travel to the blood stream, we know that can exacerbate certain health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
You want to make sure that you see your hygienist every 6 months. In some cses we have you come back in 3-4 months. Studies show that once you form that tartar under your gums, it takes about 3-4 months for that bacteria to start destroying bone and causing bone loss.
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