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The buildup of tartar is a typical event in the physiology of our mouth. You can brush your teeth twice a day and floss and rinse every day, but still, you can’t completely get rid of tartar: that’s normal. Despite the nature of your mouth, you can still decrease the quantity of tartar that builds up in your mouth between two professional cleanings.
How tartar buildup?
It makes it easier to prevent the buildup of tartar between 2 cleanings if you understand how calculus buildup:
• Even if you carefully take care of your teeth, you still have bacteria in your mouth. Together with food and other elements, they form on your teeth surface a sticky film called dental plaque. This dental plaque initially is soft and removable even with the bristles of our toothbrush. If not removed regularly, it hardens into calculus within 24-72h.
When the soft plaque becomes tartar, the only way to remove it is to go to the dentist/dental hygienist for a professional cleaning.
Note: Plaque carries bacteria that can harm tooth enamel and result also in cavities.
Also read: 10 foods to avoid to get rid of cavities.
How can I prevent the buildup of tartar?
It’s clear now that the only way to prevent the buildup of calculus at home is to clean your teeth properly to remove regularly the soft plaque before it hardens into tartar.
How to prevent calculus buildup? The best way to do it is correct oral hygiene daily routine. Let’s see how:
1) Brush at least twice a day (preferably in the morning and in the evening).
The American Dental Association (ADA) advises brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Every brushing session should be of at least 2 minutes, and you can watch a tutorial on youtube for the below-mentioned techniques:
a) “Bass technique” or the “Bass modified technique.”
b) “Stillmann technique” or the “Stillmann modified technique.”
These techniques are considered the best to remove efficiently the soft plaque accumulated on the teeth surface.
It is going to be much easier for you to understand watching a youtube video instead of reading the explanation here.
The sonic toothbrush usually cleans the plaque much better than any other electric toothbrush.
The electric toothbrush is not the only one toothbrush that cleans well. You can properly get rid of plaque even with a manual toothbrush.
2) Floss every day!
If you brush your teeth without flossing, you are cleaning the 60% of your teeth surface. What about the remaining 40%? You can clean that 40% only by using dental floss.
It is essential to see flossing as a part of your daily routine, and not merely something you need to do to remove food lodged in between teeth. To take advantage of this routine, keep in mind to move the floss vertically, not simply in a back and forth motion.
Floss daily to get rid of plaque from between your teeth and under your gum line, where your toothbrush might not reach.
After flossing, the toothbrush will remove plaque on the surface area of the teeth.
3) Rinse with a mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine (max ten days consecutively).
This is not an everyday mouthwash. You can use chlorhexidine mouthwash for max ten days consecutively, or you will experience side effects (for ex. staining, alteration in taste).
After you flossed and brushed adequately, you can rinse the mouth for 1 minute. The chlorhexidine will kill bacteria and prevent the buildup of tartar.
For daily use, you can choose any other kind of mouthwash solution alcohol-free.
4) Avoid certain foods
Dietary modifications can likewise prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Cutting down on sugar, starch, and acidic foods can reduce the risk of dental caries. To minimize the danger of plaque and tartar, you must avoid: cookies, cake, and candy, starchy or sugary foods that can adhere to the teeth, such as bread, potato chips, and some dried fruits, soda, and sports drinks included citrus juices.
5) Fiber-rich vegetables and fruits
Increase in your diet in fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. They increase the saliva flow (the best natural defense against cavities and gum diseases).
Furthermore, these foods help to keep your teeth and gums cleaned.
6) Home remedies to remove calculus
On the internet, you may find “home remedies” to remove hardened tartar at home: a lot of them suggest to use acidic liquids such as vinegar as a mouthwash or something else.
It’s strongly not recommended using such methods because acidic solutions may help to break up the tartar but, at the same time, can also affect the pH of the mouth and ruin the enamel of your teeth as well.
So, the only home remedies to remove calculus are to be considered the points 1 to 5 of this article!
Conditions related to dental plaque and tartar
The buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth it’s a primary cause of:
- Gum illness such as gingivitis.
- Major gum illnesses such as periodontal disease
The above-mentioned oral diseases are the most common oral diseases among the worldwide population, and the major causes of tooth loss.
Once you lose one or more teeth, you can replace it/them with a dental bridge or implant.
Removal of hardened tartar
Once the soft plaque was not removed, it hardened in tartar. When this takes place, tho only and safe solution to remove it is to meet your dentist or dental hygienist to have a professional cleaning.
Most of the time, this is a painless procedure unless you have a very strong gum inflammation due to a long period without a cleaning, like 2-3 years or more.
If you are scared of the dentist, this article about dental anxiety is going to be helpful for you.
During the dental cleaning, the doctor is going to remove the calculus using an ultrasonic instrument, which has the capability to break down the tartar without damage the enamel and the gums.
You should repeat this procedure every 6 or 12 months. This will depend on your compliance in home cleaning and how much tartar you buildup between two professional cleanings.
How to measure the quality of your oral hygiene routine
To make this information measurable to every person in this world, we developed Dental Coach, which guides the users to obtain a perfect daily oral hygiene.
You will be able to track your habits and see if you are doing well, thanks to a chart. If you stay on the green side of the chart, it means you are doing well. There is also a ranking to have some fun with other users and some other very interesting functions to support your journey to a healthy smile.
A lot of other valuable and useful functionalities are waiting for you.
A lot of dental patients became perfect in their daily oral hygiene routine, having fun with Dental Coach app.
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