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What Does Tartar Do to Your Teeth?


Posted on 6/20/2018 by Sean Saghatchi
Tartar Newport Dental Group CA 92627Most people have heard of the word tartar. They may think it is a sauce they use when they eat fish, but they may also know it has something to do with their teeth.

That is where many people's knowledge of tartar ends. They do not know what it really is and the impact it has on your teeth. It is something that people need to learn.

The Basics of Tartar


Tartar is the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a soft film that is full of millions of bacteria that forms on the teeth. When the plaque is not removed from the teeth, it hardens and forms tartar. The tartar will eventually mineralize on the teeth.

This is something that happens without people realizing it. While may ignore the buildup of tartar, they need to learn what it means to the health of their teeth and gums. The tartar has bacteria in it. Once it has hardened, it is not easy to remove. It will require the work of a dental professional to remove the tartar before any real damage happens.

If the tartar is not treated, different problems can occur. The bacteria break down the tooth enamel. This can lead to cavities and tooth decay. That is what happens when tartar forms on the teeth. If the tartar forms below the gum lines, the problems get worse.

Gum disease and gingivitis can cause significant damage. That can lead to periodontitis. It is like a train that keeps gaining speed the longer it is left untreated.

The best thing a person can do is prevent tartar from forming. Good oral hygiene practices help prevent tartar build up. Daily brushing and flossing along with regular visits to the dentist is also important. If tartar does form, the sooner it is taken care of the better.

Take a moment and contact the dental professionals at our office for more information about tartar and oral hygiene. We are happy to help.

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