Tooth Topics: Plaque and Tartar

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If you are not concerned about the presence of plaque and tartar on your teeth, we highly encourage you to be. These harmful substances are often the starting point for many oral health problems that can develop in your smile. Only through the development of effective dental care routines can plaque and tartar be treated and prevented.

Plaque is the thin bacterial layer that develops on your teeth and gums when you find yourself practicing inadequate oral hygiene, and this substance is responsible for a variety of complications, including tooth decay, gum disease and the appearance of tartar. Fortunately, you can effectively prevent and remove plaque buildup by practicing habits such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing daily. Furthermore, we encourage you to visit the dentist and receive routine dental checkups twice a year to ensure your health is where it should be.

If plaque is allowed to transform into that harder substance of tartar, it can’t be removed through your simple oral care routines, including brushing and flossing. The only way to remove tartar is through professional treatments from our dental team. It is important that tartar be removed to prevent problems such as gum disease and tooth enamel erosion, or else you could experience tooth loss.

If you would like to learn more about plaque and tartar treatment in Tulsa, Oklahoma, our dentist and team at Contemporary Dental Arts encourage you to schedule an oral exam with Dr, Matthew Warlick by calling 918-459-9090 today.