Dental tartar is the hardened form of dental plaque. Dental tartar forms due to precipitation of minerals from saliva and gingival crevicular fluid which is present in plaque on teeth. Dental tartar forms a rough surface on teeth, which promotes further formation of plaque leading to gum disease. Symptoms are:
• Bad breath
• Formation of a yellow or brownish coating on teeth
• Receding gums
• Chronically inflamed gum line
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?
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?
Smoking can cause dental tartar, so it is best to avoid the same.