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There are many products available on the market today with claims related to removing plaque and tartar.

Food particles and residual sugar from sweetened beverages offer up a prime breeding material for bacteria. Over time the bacterial colonies develop into a film known as plaque. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristled brush and abrasive toothpaste can help remove some of this plaque. Using a toothpaste with fluoride also helps strengthen the enamel.

At the same time flossing around the gum line helps remove food particle and plaque in places that your toothbrush simply can’t reach.

While a good daily oral hygiene regimen can remove the majority of the bacteria and plaque from your mouth it cannot remove it all. Over time these plaque buildup can harden into tartar. Tartar that develops near the gum line can cause the gum tissues to start to pull away from the teeth and become infected, leading to gingivitis.

Once tartar develops it can only be removed by the professional tools and techniques used by your dentist. During your twice annual dental checkup we monitor your mouth for early warning signs of tartar buildup and periodontal disease.

We can answer questions and help you improve your brushing and flossing technique to reduce the chances of tartar buildup.

If you have questions about gum disease, please feel free to call us at 602.485.0505 to schedule an appointment.