You know it's important to brush, floss, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent tartarbuildup.
But do you know why? What is tartar? How does it get on your teeth? And what can happen if it does? Get the facts straight ahead.
What Is Tartar?
Even if you take great care of your teeth at home, you still have bacteria in your mouth. They mix with proteins and food byproducts to form a sticky film called dental plaque. This gunk coats your teeth, gets under your gum line, and sticks to fillings or other dental work. Plaque carries bacteria that can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities. But if you remove plaque regularly, you can prevent permanent tooth decay and gum disease.
Bigger problems arise, however, if plaque stays on your teeth and hardens into tartar. ↑
and porous and can lead to receding gums and gum disease. It must be removed with special tools in the dentist's office.