When bacteria in your mouth mix with saliva and food particles, a sticky film is formed on your teeth and gums that is known as plaque. If plaque is not removed regularly, it solidifies into a hard, white substance known as tartar. This can happen in less than 24 hours. Once tartar has formed it is impossible to remove at home and a visit to the dentist or hygienist will be necessary. Dr. Luis Gomez at Complete Dental Health believes that it is far better to prevent tartar from forming in the first place. Follow these expert tips to keep your teeth tartar-free.
Brush Your Teeth Regularly
You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least twice daily in the morning and at night. If possible, brush after every meal. Use an electric toothbrush as these are better than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque, especially from those hard-to-reach places.
Using dental floss tape is the only way to clean the spaces between your teeth. Take the tape in a deliberate movement down between the teeth until it reaches the gum, move it from side to side and then back up. If you see blood on the floss, this is a sign that you have some gum disease, so you should make an appointment to see your dentist.
Choose a Tartar-Controlling Toothpaste
Some toothpastes contain triclosan, a substance that reduces the number of bacteria in plaque and makes it harder for tartar to form. A toothpaste that contains fluoride will also strengthen your tooth enamel.
Cut Down On Sugary Snacks
Frequent meals and snacks containing sugary foods cause the bacteria in your mouth to release harmful acids. Try to limit your intake of sugary foods to times when you can clean your teeth afterward. It is also helpful to drink plenty of water during and after meals to help prevent food sticking to your teeth.
Research shows that people who smoke are more likely than non-smokers to develop tartar on their teeth.
Most people will occasionally develop tartar, however carefully they clean their teeth. For further information or to book an appointment, please contact Dr. Luis Gomez and the team at Complete Dental Health in Coral Springs, Florida on 954-228-2963