How to remove plaque and tartar from teeth

Can you remove plaqueA soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives. and tartar?

Plaque is a naturally occurring substance that sticks to your teeth and fillings and can quickly build up. If left in place by lack of good oral hygiene, it can harden and become tartar, which is a serious issue that can lead to gum disease and further tooth decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure..

Whilst it may be tempting to try and remove tartar at home whether it be by using a home-remedy kit, this is not advisable. Whilst flossing and brushing are certainly recommended as ways to prevent tartar build up and try to minimise the effects of plaque on a daily basis, you should consider seeing a dentist if the problem becomes more serious.

Dentists and dental hygienists will be able to inspect your teeth and use manual scalingRemoval of plaque, calculus, and stain from teeth. tools or ultrasonic devices to remove the plaque effectively. Additionally, if you try to undertake this task at home, you could endanger your gums and other teeth, and this may cause further problems.

From a personal perspective the best way to remove plaque, is to prevent it from appearing in the first place. Consequently, after your visit to the dentist or hygienist make sure you ask them for brushing techniques and the most effective way to clean between your teeth.. You should also be visiting the surgery at least twice a year for check-ups, so that they can monitor your teeth and catch any plaque build up before it becomes tartar.

If you have any concerns regarding plaque feel free to reach out to your dentist and they will be happy to answer all your questions.

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