Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Difference Between Plaque & Tartar | The Dacula Dentist

Many dental patients think of plaque and tartar as two interchangeable terms, but they are not. They are two important terms to understand for good dental hygiene though. Controlling plaque and tartar can greatly improve your dental health.

Plaque is a sticky bacterium that forms invisibly on the surface of the teeth. Food, drinks and saliva work together to produce plaque, which is the main contributing factor in gum disease and cavities. To prevent plaque buildup, daily flossing and brushing at least 2 times a day is very important.

Tartar (aka calculus) is a more brittle deposit that can build up on teeth. Stains can become trapped underneath tartar which may lead to permanent discolorations of the teeth. Tartar forms such a tough bond, only a dental professional can properly remove it. To help prevent its growth, use toothpaste that contains pyrophosphate or a “tartar control” toothpaste. Also, be sure to visit your dentist every 6 months for a proper teeth cleaning.

We believe in educating and protecting our dental patients. Understanding the important of dental hygiene is very beneficial to your overall health. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have on keeping your teeth and gums healthy or to schedule a dental exam.

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