What’s the big deal with Tartar Buildup on my Teeth?

whats the big deal with tartar buildupPoway and Rancho Bernardo, CA

If you have been to the dentist, then you probably were told that you have plaque buildup on your teeth. No need to feel embarrassed because literally, everyone gets plaque buildup, even your dentist! So, while you may have heard about plaque, you might now be wondering what’s the big deal and how can you get rid of it?

Smiles by Dr. Cook, a top-rated dental practice in Poway accepting new patients, wants to share why plaque buildup on your teeth is a big deal and some ways that you can reduce it.

What is plaque?

Just be honest, have you ever gone to bed without brushing your teeth because you were too tired or got home late? Then you probably know the feeling of waking up the next day with your teeth feel fuzzy or grimy. That’s plaque! It constantly forms as a result of eating and drinking. Ideally, brushing and flossing twice a day is enough to remove most of the plaque that develops on your teeth, but it isn’t a full-proof way of eliminating it entirely. And if we’re being straightforward, most people aren’t all that diligent about their oral hygiene routine. It’s easy to fall asleep on the couch, forget your toothbrush when you go out of town, or rush off to work without brushing your teeth. Even just forgetting to brush your teeth one time is enough for plaque to harden and turn into tartar. 

This is where the real concern comes into play. Tartar is a hard substance that only can be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Regular tooth brushing and flossing cannot remove stuck-on tartar. This is why routine dental checkups and cleanings are recommended at least twice a year. Tartar buildup not only makes your teeth look dirty, but it also causes bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.

What’s the best way to reduce plaque?

The best way to reduce plaque buildup is to take good care of your teeth and gums. By this, we mean brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. While the brushing part is simple, many people just don’t want to floss. Let us assure you that flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. In fact, it’s basically how your brush between your teeth. Skipping this vital part of your oral hygiene routine would be like only washing two-thirds of your body when you bathe!

Along with an oral hygiene routine at home, you still should see your dentist twice a year (sometimes more frequently for certain individuals) for cleanings and checkups. The purpose of these visits is to remove tartar buildup so that it does not cause tooth decay or gum disease. Also, so that we can identify dental problems when they first start, instead of waiting until they become a bigger problem or cause you pain.

As you can see, taking good care of your teeth and gums, as well as regularly visiting your dentist can help reduce plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.

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