It is important to know what dental plaque and tartar are because they are the cause of the majority of dental problems. Plaque is a soft and sticky germ-rich film that is constantly forming and will accumulate on your teeth if proper dental hygiene practices are not used. Tartar, sometimes known as calculus, is the plaque that has been left to harden on your teeth. If plaque and tartar are left unattended, they can cause difficult to reverse damage, and so prevention is the ideal.
Our dentist, Dr. Dorsey W. Baker, is aware of the diverse kinds of damage that dental plaque and tartar buildup can inflict on teeth. Furthermore, our team at Dorsey W. Baker in Glendale, Arizona, is there to help you and your family reverse and prevent damage to your teeth.
The combination of built up plaque and tartar can lead to an oral infection called gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis is usually treatable with increased brushing and routine professional teeth cleanings. Unlike dental plaque which is colorless, tartar is a mineral build up that is fairly easy to see above the gum line. Not only can tartar accumulation cause gum disease but it can become a cosmetic problem as well.
Tartar is what causes the overall yellowing of teeth overtime, and because it is more porous than the enamel, which is the protective layer of minerals that covers each tooth, it absorbs stains. For this reason, it is important to prevent tartar buildup if you drink coffee, tea or are a smoker as your teeth will stain and yellow more quickly.
The process of removing tartar is called scaling and can only be performed by a dentist or hygienist. If you have any questions regarding the status of your oral health call us at 602-942-0623 to schedule a teeth cleaning. We are eager help you with all of your oral health care needs.