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What Is Tartar Buildup and How Can You Prevent It?

Want to prevent tartar buildup? In this blog from Mountain View Dental, we’ll discuss the basics of tartar and how to prevent it from building up on your teeth, where it can contribute to cavities and gum disease.

What Is Tartar Buildup?

Tartar buildup is caused by a sticky film of bacteria in your mouth called “plaque.” If you don’t remove this plaque regularly, it can harden into tartar, also called “calculus.” This rough, porous material is typically yellowish-brown in color. It forms around and below your gum line, and can only be removed by a dentist. It can also contribute to oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay.

Preventing Tartar Buildup

Proper oral care and removal of plaque is the best way to prevent tartar buildup. Here are a few simple prevention tips.

  • Brush twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste with an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush, and clean each tooth surface thoroughly

  • Floss your teeth once a day to remove bacteria, food particles, and plaque from areas that brushing can’t reach

  • Rinse with water or mouthwash after each meal, or drink a large glass of tap water to help loosen and remove bacteria, food, and plaque buildup

  • Get routine teeth cleanings from a dentist. Dentists can use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, which prevents tartar buildup and keeps your mouth healthy.

Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning At Mountain View Dental Today!

Routine teeth cleanings and oral exams help you keep your mouth healthy and free of tartar, which reduces your risk of cavities, gingivitis, and more. Overdue for an appointment? Contact Mountain View Dental online or give us a call at 1 (303) 659-5185 to schedule your next consultation right away.