Plaque and Tartar: The Unwelcome Guests

Plaque and Tartar : The Unwelcome Guests
January 14, 2022

Dental plaque is a slimy film that forms on all teeth. Flossing and brushing regularly does clean off most plaque. In areas where plaque remains, dental tartar is formed. 

Dental Tartar is sedimentation of salts and minerals from our own saliva on plaque covered teeth. Inadequate or infrequent brushing and time can cause thicker and wider areas of tartar to form over a period of time (See pic). 

The most common problem with untreated tartar and plaque is bad odour (malodour). This often goes unnoticed for prolonged periods of time and is not easily detected by the individual.

Tartar is a slow accumulator and a source of infection that causes the gums to move away from the teeth. Over time, if untreated, this would lead to excessive gums recession, shaking teeth and ultimately tooth loss.

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Certain areas in the mouth are more prone to tartar formation, like the inner (tongue) side of lower front teeth (see pic). Gravity and a salivary gland opening in the area contribute as well. Additionally, lower front teeth are the most slender and shortest teeth, thus highly susceptible to trouble with tartar causing excessive loosening and ultimately tooth loss.

Other common problems with plaque and tartar accumulation are bleeding and inflamed gums (red coloured instead of pink), sensitivity to cold due to more tooth exposure, gum infections and abscesses causing pus discharge. 

A simple, pain-free procedure to get your teeth and gums in the best of health is a dental professional clean-up, also referred to as scaling or oral prophylaxis. It is the most effective and most economical preventive treatment off all dental treatments to keep your gums and teeth healthy.

We strongly recommended a professional clean-up every 6 months. Visit your dentist regularly.

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