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How to remove tartar buildup

Updated April 17, 2017

Tartar build-up troubles dental professionals. The hard yellow accumulation on teeth, also known as calculus, can lead to such ailments as cavities and periodontal disease. It can also affect how teeth appear cosmetically. Toothbrushes cannot remove tartar; you can't get rid of it from your home. It creates hard surfaces on teeth that attract more debris and food particles, causing a cyclical build-up pattern. Making a beeline to your dentist is the best remedy against this pesky problem.

Visit your dentist at your earliest convenience. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can safely remove tartar which has hardened along your gum lines. Ask the professional about scaling, a process which scratches away infected deposits on your gums and teeth's surfaces. She can also remove supragingival calculus, a form of tartar that appears above the gum line.

Take up professional cleanings on a consistent basis. Regular trips to the dentist can help keep even mild tartar build-up in check and help you save money on procedures that are more advanced, and potentially costlier. What is more, you cannot always detect whether or not your mouth is plagued by tartar, and to what extent. The best way to maintain a healthy mouth, tartar-free, is to routinely enlist your dental professional's services.

Prevent tartar build-up in the first place. Brush your teeth twice a day, with tartar-control toothpaste that contains pyrophosphate. Floss daily. Schedule regular trips to your dentist, at least once a year. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol in excess.

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Jeffrey Norman has been writing professionally since 2005. His work has been published in such journals as the "Leland Quarterly" and on the blog, An Apple A Day. Norman earned a Bachelor of Arts in literature and creative writing from Stanford University.