Controlling Tartar Buildup
You can take great care of your teeth at home and still have bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria mixes with proteins and food byproducts to form dental plaque that coats your teeth, gets under your gum line, and sticks to fillings or other dental work. If the plaque stays on your teeth, it can harden into tartar. Tartar forms below and above the gum line and can lead to receding gums and gum disease.
How Does Tartar Affect My Teeth and Gums?
Tartar can make brushing and flossing much harder, which can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Tartar that forms above your gum line has bacteria that can irritate and damage your gums, which may lead to progressive gum disease. Gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, may include symptoms such as red, swollen gum, tender gums, or gums that bleed when you floss or brush. It can usually be stopped if you brush, floss, use an antiseptic mouthwash, and get regular cleanings from your dentist. If not, it can begin to form pockets between the gums and teeth and get infected by bacteria. This is called periodontitis, which may cause painful chewing, loose teeth, gums separating from teeth, or pus collecting between your teeth.
How to Control Tartar
Electronic toothbrushes may get rid of plaque better than manual models. If you choose to use an electronic toothbrush, be sure it has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. You should brush regularly, twice a day for two minutes at a time, as quick brushes will not remove plaque or prevent tartar. Use a soft-bristled brush and be sure to get those hard-to-reach surfaces. Tartar-control toothpaste with fluoride will help repair enamel damage. Always floss to remove plaque between your teeth and keep tartar from getting into these hard-to-reach areas. Rinse daily with an antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria that cause plaque.
Watch your diet as the bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugary and starchy foods. Exposure to these foods causes the bacteria to release harmful acids. In fact, every time you eat, you are feeding the bacteria in your mouth. Be mindful of how often you indulge and be sure to brush after meals.
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