Plaque and tartar build-up is a destroyer of gum health. When an excess of plaque accumulates, it becomes the hardened version, called tartar (or calculus). While plaque is water-soluble and easy to remove with general flossing, tartar is only removable with the specialized dental tools a hygienist uses. If tartar continues to build without elimination, periodontal pockets form. These pockets house bacteria and food particles, which can cause gum disease.
In the following article, Dr. Marco Cueva, your Allen periodontist, shares some tips to prevent tartar from building-up in the first place.
Step-By-Step Method to Avoid Tartar Build-Up
- Use the right toothbrush. Choosing the correct toothbrush is the first essential step to any teeth cleaning routine. Make sure that your brush has soft bristles, yet still cleans effectively. Additionally, take care to notice if the head could fit in your mouth comfortably.
- Invest in tartar control toothpaste. If you're more prone to tartar build-up than most people, try using a tartar control toothpaste rather than regular toothpaste. This helps stave off the onset of tartar build-up to keep your mouth cleaner than ever. Also, check the tube for the American Dental Association's (or ADA) seal of approval.
- Brush correctly. Brushing with right technique is just as important as having the right toothbrush. When you brush, your Allen periodontist suggests brushing in a circular motion for at least two minutes at a time, twice a day. Furthermore, pay close attention to back teeth since those tend to accumulate bacteria fairly easily.
- Don't forget to floss. One of the best ways to prevent tartar from building-up is by flossing. By eliminating plaque, tartar won't have an opportunity to develop.
- Switch mouthwashes. Just like switching toothpastes, changing your mouthwash is also a good idea. Try looking for a mouthwash that has tartar control and use it twice daily or as per the instructions on the bottle.
Visit Periodontic Excellence for General Dental Care
For more tips and tricks on preventing plaque and tartar build-up, talk to Dr. Cueva. He can provide you with products and teeth cleaning tips to ensure your smile is the in the utmost oral health. To schedule an appointment with your Allen periodontist, call us at (972) 390-9944. Also, visit our website for services, patient information, to read more about the team. We look forward to treating patients from Allen, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Garland, Richardson, and the neighboring cities.