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Saturday, August 30, 2008

What causes tartar build-up?

Dental tartar (or calculus) is a yellow or brown layer of mineral deposits on the teeth surface created by hardened dental plaque. Besides the cosmetic problem, dental plaque that is accumulated on calculus causes inflammation of gums, and can lead to gum recession and gum disease.

The bacteria of dental plaque produces acids that cause the loss of calcium from the tooth enamel (demineralization). Calcium, phosphorus and other minerals from saliva form crystals and harden the plaque structure. The main ingredient of this compound is calcium phosphate. It is a hard insoluble material that bonds to the tooth enamel along the gum line. Tartar's calcium deposits on teeth make the surface of the tooth rough providing an ideal medium for further accumulation and growth of dental plaque. The repeating new cycles of acid production, calcium loss and calcium phosphate composition result to the build-up of new tartar layers on teeth.

Tartar Build-up Prevention

  • Proper brushing and flossing are necessary to reduce plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Use tartar control toothpastes.
  • Prescription mouthwashes can help prevent decay.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

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