Dental tartar is a form of hardened dental plaque. It is caused by precipitation of minerals from saliva and gingival crevicular fluid in plaque on the teeth. Tartar can form both along the gum line and within the narrow sulcus that exists between the teeth and the gingiva. The clinical manifestations are bad breath, receding gums, chronically inflamed gingiva.
HOW IS DENTAL TARTAR DIAGNOSED?
Dentists can diagnose tartar based on dental examination with the help of a mirror and dental explorers to check the extent to which dental tartar has grown. In some cases a dental X-ray may be required
HOW IS DENTAL TARTAR TREATED?
Once the tartar is formed, it becomes very difficult to properly brush or floss the teeth. This can lead to tooth decays and cavities. Treatment involves a deep dental cleaning. The tartar can be removed using some dental tools. If the tooth decay occurs, the dentist will use fillings and crown to correct the cavities and decay.
DID YOU KNOW?
Smoking can cause dental tartar, so it is best to avoid the same.