Here are two interesting facts:
- Gum disease (Gingivitis) is the most important reason for teeth removal among adults.
- Dental plaque and tartar buildup is the number one cause of Gingivitis.
Conclusion: take tartar buildup seriously. Or actually – take dental plaque buildup seriously, since this is the precursor of tartar buildup.
Some level of tartar buildup up is natural and completely unavoidable. Tartar is the hardened state of dental plaque, and it’s more difficult to remove the the hard tartar than it is to remove the soft dental plaque. Even when you take good care of your dental hygiene, you’ll still have tartar buildup, but it’s unfortunately not possible to remove tartar yourself. The only thorough method to eliminate tartar buildup is to visit the dentist and have them take it off your teeth with a professional tartar scraper. You cannot thoroughly remove tartar yourself at home, so you just have to pay a visit to your dentist every 6 months. You can save some money by visiting a dental hygienist instead, but apart from that, there is nothing you can do about it.
How to get rid of plaque: the best ways to remove plaque
If you want to remove plaque yourself, there are different options:
- You may first want to assess how bad the problem is by getting plaque disclosing tablets.
- Then the best way to remove plaque from your teeth: use a hard toothbrush, dental floss (not the electric water flossers) and rinse with a good mouthwash.
- If you have a steady hand and healthy gums, you may also want to try a DIY tartar removal kit such as the Dentek tartar removing scaler. These DIY kits are specifically designed to remove tartar buildup yourself, as they are built with softer metal, than those used by professionals.
Afterwards, you can use the plaque disclosing tablets again to evaluate your progress. This is a cheap and effective method of removing tartar yourself, but keep in mind you still need to visit a dentist at least once a year. They have more professional tools and can reach areas you simply cannot reach yourself.
Why else does tartar buildup matter?
Tartar build up has a yellowish color, which is obviously not the color that you want to show off when trying to make a good impression. Keep in mind that maintaining good dental hygiene, is both healthier and cheaper than buying something later to reverse the negative effects – such as teeth whitening products.
Tartar buildup itself is also self-perpetuating; the more tartar you have, the more plaque attaches to your teeth. The more dental plaque you have, the more tartar buildup and ultimately the more gingivitis. Dental plaque and tartar will slowly degrade the health of your gums. No one needs tartar, and no one needs to see that either.