Can Dental Plaque and Tartar Be Removed at Home?
Maintaining a strong and consistent oral hygiene routine is an important step in preserving dental health. While brushing and flossing regularly can help keep the surface of teeth clean, some issues—such as the buildup of plaque and tartar—require even more attention and effort. Plaque is a sticky and fairly colorless film that develops over teeth when sugar and bacteria build up. It can develop in areas that are hard to reach with standard brushing and flossing. If it continues to accumulate, plaque can harden and turn into tartar, which can weaken tissue in the mouth and lead to symptoms like swelling and bleeding at the gumline, periodontal infections, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
Plaque and tartar (sometimes referred to as “calculus”) can be effectively removed by a professional dental team who offers preventive dental care and has the proper training to effectively get rid of the buildup. Even though plaque and tartar are harder to remove on one’s own in certain areas, there are multiple ways you can work to reduce plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, such as:
- Brush at least twice a day
- Floss thoroughly at least once a day
- Visit the dentist semiannually (or however many times your dentist recommends) for dental examinations and professional dental cleanings
- Rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash
At True Dentistry, our team of doctors offer a variety of general and preventative treatments, including dental cleanings, oral exams, and fluoride treatments. In conjunction with a strong dental hygiene routine, these treatments can help you maintain oral health. For more information about plaque and tartar removal, contact our office with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.