Tartar: What is it, and how to get rid of it
Tartar is a hard bacterial coating that sits along the gums, especially in the lower jaw. This can lead to stained teeth and gum disease. Here's advice to get rid of it.
Tartar is made when plaque calcifies on your teeth. Some people are more prone to tartar than others. The best way to avoid tartar is to ensure good dental hygiene.
In addition to brush every morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste, you should clean between your teeth. For this you can use either dental floss or interdental brushes.
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Are you unsure if you are brushing good enough? Ask a dental professional for tips and guidance. They can help you choose the correct toothbrush, with bristles that suit your brushing technique, or what interdental products best suit your needs.
Can cause stained teeth and gum irritation
If you have a lot of tartar, it can cause even more plaque and bacteria. This is recognised by a coating on your teeth that does not feel smooth, and that might get stains from coffee, tobacco or tea. Tartar left of the teeth for long periods of time might irritate the gums and in time lead to gum disease.
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Tartar is hard to get off the tooth, and when occurred you will not be able to remove it yourself without possibly damaging the teeth and gums. We recommend getting it done by a dental professional like a dentist.
A little tartar build-up is normal, and as long as it’s just a tiny amount, you don’t need to go to the dentist for it. A good rule of thumb is to have your dentist remove it about once a year. If you are prone to tartar or have gum disease, you might want to have it removed more often.
How to avoid tartar:
- Brush your teeth both in the morning and the evening with fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth with interdental products as dental floss or interdental brushes.
- Remove it at your dentist or dental professional once a year.