One of the common questions our dental hygienists at our Bath dental practice, is ‘are you able to remove tartar build up’? The answer is yes, but you should always keep to a regular routine of cleaning teeth and gums, as well as maintaining oral health, so you lessen the risk of it occurring in the first place! When visiting our Bath dental hygienist, they will be able to tell you what they will be doing throughout the process and the treatments they will be undertaking for your individual needs.
So what is tartar and how can you stop it from occurring overtime? Let us take you through what you need to know about it and the tips and tricks to resolve and reduce the risk of any build up in the future.
What Is Tartar?
Tartar is a byproduct of the proteins left over from the food you consume and bacteria in the mouth.t forms a sticky film like consistency, also known as dental plaque. The plaque can form underneath the gum line, leading to diseases such as gingivitis, but it can also affect any fillings or dental work that you have had done previously. Therefore, it’s important to maintain your oral care routine every day to reduce the risk of tartar buildup.
How Can I Protect Against Tartar Build Up?
Protecting against tartar build up is quite easy; if you have established an oral care routine that works for you and includes the following, then you will be minimising the chance of tartar occurring in the long run:
- Brush teeth twice daily with a reputable toothpaste. Dentists recommend using an automatic toothbrush to get the most out of the brushing process.
- Use mouthwash before and after brushing, as well as throughout the day. If you don’t have access to mouthwash during the day, then try to drink water after you have eaten to minimise the risk of getting small bits of food stuck in between your teeth.
- Floss after eating or at least once a day. We recently wrote an article on the importance of flossing your teeth to give you an idea of the positive impact it can have on your oral health. Furthermore, there are many handheld tooth cleaning devices on the market that use high pressure water to eradicate any plaque that may be concealed within gaps in your teeth.
Visit A Dental Hygienist Every 6-12 Months
Your health is wealth and this includes your oral hygiene and care. On top of the recommendations above, get into the habit of visiting your dental hygienist every 6-12 months. They will be able to get rid of any plaque build up with specific instruments, leaving your teeth feeling as fresh and as clean as possible. What’s more, they will be able to tell you the health of your teeth in their current state and what you can do to improve your oral care routine.
Looking To Improve Your Oral Care? Talk To Your Local Somerset Dental Practice
During this uncertain time, our dental team is doing everything possible to see as many patients as they can. If you would like to book your dental hygiene appointment, please bear in mind that restrictions may change and we may have to re-arrange your appointment for a different day and time, but we will do our best to see you at a time that is convenient for you.
Our services may be limited, but please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you where possible.