Tartar, also known as calculus, is a hardened form of dental plaque that can develop on your teeth. This substance is not only a threat to the health of your teeth and gums but also a cosmetic concern. Tartar is more porous than plaque, making it prone to absorbing stains, especially from coffee, tea, or smoking. If left unchecked, tartar can lead to more serious dental conditions, such as cavities and gum disease.
Identifying Tartar Buildup
Tartar is relatively easy to spot if it forms above the gumline. The most common signs of tartar buildup are a yellow or brown discoloration on the teeth or gums. Unlike plaque, which is a colorless film of bacteria, tartar is a mineral deposit. To accurately detect and remove tartar, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Cohen & Associates at Lakeside Family Dental in Burlington.
Preventing Tartar Buildup
Proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, are essential for reducing plaque and preventing tartar buildup. Using a toothpaste designed to control tartar can also be beneficial.
Once tartar has formed, the only way to remove it is through a dental procedure known as scaling. During scaling, Dr. Michael Cohen & Associates or a hygienist at Lakeside Family Dental in Burlington will use specialized instruments to eliminate tartar from both above and below the gumline.
Don't let tartar compromise your oral health or the appearance of your smile. Take proactive steps to prevent its formation by practicing good oral hygiene, and if you suspect tartar buildup, contact us at (905) 637-0801 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Cohen & Associates. Our conveniently located dental practice at 5353 Lakeshore Rd, Unit 21 in Burlington, ON, is here to assist you in maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.