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What Tartar Deposits Can Ultimately Do to Your Teeth
Posted on 6/22/2020 by Oasis Dental
What Tartar Deposits Can Ultimately Do to Your TeethTo understand how tartar can affect your teeth, it is important to know how tartar is formed, what it is, and how you can prevent it. When you eat or drink, the acids left by food or liquid accumulate on your teeth. Saliva washes some of it away during the day until you can perform your usual oral hygiene regimen. What isn't washed away becomes plaque an invisible, sticky substance. Flossing and brushing your teeth takes away the plaque which is why it is so important to brush regularly and floss daily. Both of these regimens also rid you of small food particles that are left on your teeth.

So What Is Tartar?

When you don't perform your oral hygiene regimen regularly or properly, the plaque begins to harden or calcify. This calcification turns into tartar on your teeth. Tartar is a hard substance. While plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, tartar cannot. When you visit your dentist, they have to scrape it from your teeth with special tools. The special tools are used so that the enamel that protects your teeth isn't damaged which can lead to more problems.

What Effect Does Tartar Have on Your Teeth?

You will know if you have tartar on your teeth because it is porous. It absorbs what you eat, drink, or smoke. You will first notice your teeth getting yellowish and as time goes on, if the tartar is not removed, your teeth will slowly turn from yellow to brown.
Tartar can also get under your gums. If it does, it can cause swelling and bleeding. If you have these symptoms, your dentist will send you to us since we are experts at cleaning your teeth when tartar builds up. Tartar can also cause bad breath. Mints may help but you must remove the root cause in order to rid your mouth of the smell. Eventually, tartar will cause tooth decay leading to cavities, loose teeth, or even teeth that break or fall out as it damages the bone that supports your teeth. If you need help ridding your mouth of excess tartar, call our office today!
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