Tartar is a calcified or hardened plaque that attaches to the enamel on your teeth and below the gumline. Tartar threatens the health of the teeth and gums, it is also a cosmetic problem. Because tartar is more porous, it absorbs stains easily. Any tartar that forms above the gum line is bad for dental health. The bacteria in it can irritate and damage the gums and lead to gum diseases.
HOW IS DENTAL TARTAR DIAGNOSED?
The most common sign of tartar is a yellow or brown color to teeth or gums. The diagnosis of tartar is done by a dentist who will perform a thorough physical examination and get details of medical history and dental care routine to detect the cause of the problem.
HOW IS DENTAL TARTAR TREATED?
The process for removing tartar is called scaling. During a scaling, the dentist or hygienist uses special instruments to remove tartar from your teeth above and below the gum line. A visit to the dentist once in every 6 months is important to remove any plaque and tartar that might have formed and to prevent further complications.
DID YOU KNOW?
Normal brushing is not effective in the removal of dental tartar.