Why Tartar Can Only be Removed by a Dental Professional

No one ever wants tartar to attach itself to their smile and many think they can remove it on their own. However, unlike plaque which can be removed at home and by anyone, tartar can only be removed by a dental professional. Below we’ll detail why tartar can only be removed by a dental professional.

What is plaque and how does it contribute to tartar buildup?

We hear a lot about plaque and its impact on teeth from TV commercials, pamphlets, and when dental professionals tell you to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Plaque is the buildup on a person’s teeth that comes from food and drink that you ingest throughout your day. Plaque is comprised of acidic bacteria that can harm your teeth and, unless it is removed through regular brushing and flossing, can contribute to diseases impacting your gums, tooth decay, and the buildup of tartar.

What is tartar and what does it do?

If plaque isn’t removed on a regular basis by brushing and flossing, it can turn into tartar over a period of one to three days. In addition to the issues related to buildup, tartar can cause bad breath, also known as halitosis, contribute to gum disease, and it will negatively impact enamel which can lead to tooth loss, cavities, and other maladies. 

What should I do to prevent tartar?

The first step toward preventing tartar is preventing plaque. Brushing twice a day is the most important part of plaque prevention. Additionally, flossing once a day with an emphasis on brushing your gums can get rid of hard to get to plaque and eliminate it.

Why can only a dental professional remove tartar?

Tartar buildup is impossible for people to remove at home and requires a dental professional with the correct training and implements. Your dental professional, a dentist or hygienist, will use a metal scaler to remove tartar from your mouth. For most patients who go to regular dental visits every six months or so, this is a sufficient treatment to remove the tartar buildup. However, for other patients who have not gone to the dentist with as much regularity, a patient may need a deep clean that involves other, more invasive procedures to remove tartar.

What do I do if I have any more questions on why tartar can only be removed by a dental professional?

Our Newbury Park office is available to answer any questions you may have on preventing plaque and why tartar can only be removed by a Newbury Park dentist. Call us today so we can ensure your questions are answered and so we can assist you in ensuring any and all tartar you have is removed so you can have a healthy smile that will last you for years to come. 


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