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We all know that brushing your teeth is important to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, but what exactly does that mean? Here you will find everything you need to know about black and tartar problems and how to control them.
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Plaque is a dense accumulation of harmful bacteria that forms on the teeth and under the gums. Therefore, its formation on the teeth becomes alarming because it leads to the secretion of acids, which in turn cause tooth decay and gum disease. Using a regular toothbrush and flossing isn't usually enough to get rid of plaque, but if the buildup is left unresolved, it turns into a hard substance known as tartar.
Tartar leads to the formation of a rough, yellowish crust on your teeth, most of which are visible along the length of the gums behind the lower front teeth. Once tartar forms, the problems begin to fester and may develop into larger problems such as cavities and gum disease, even if the person follows a good oral hygiene routine. Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed by regular brushing of the teeth, but a person has to resort to a dentist or a specialized general health practitioner to remove it.
The best way to avoid the buildup of tartar is prevention in the first place. Here's how to do it.
How can I treat plaque and prevent tartar buildup?
There is nothing better than following an oral care routine that helps prevent plaque and tartar build-up.
Brush your teeth well twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste, for at least two minutes to brush. Signal toothpaste contains fluoride and other active ingredients that are specifically focused on preventing plaque buildup.
Use a toothbrush with medium-soft bristles.
Use regular dental floss daily. Do not forget this step daily, even if you are in a hurry, as it is very necessary.
Use an antibacterial mouthwash that contains fluoride.
Revise periodically to the dentist once every six months to remove tartar that may have formed and accumulated.
Follow a diet that resists the accumulation of bacteria that lead to plaque
The bacteria that lead to plaque feed on foods rich in sugar and starches such as white bread and pasta. Try to limit your intake of these foods as much as possible. If you choose to eat a meal that is saturated with sugar or rich in carbohydrates, we recommend that you brush your teeth not immediately but wait 30 minutes after eating it. We also recommend drinking as much water as possible because this helps to get rid of food residues and balances the acidity level in the mouth.
Keep your teeth cleaned regularly at the dentist
It is a good idea to make a regular visit to your dentist and hygienist at least once every six months for a thorough dental examination and cleaning. During these visits, the dentist will usually remove any accumulated tartar and generally inform you of any problems with your teeth.
If you choose a simple oral care routine that includes brushing and flossing twice daily and stick to it, it will become a part of your daily life and ensure that you have healthy teeth and a beautiful smile every day.