How Do I Get Rid of Tartar?

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According to the American Dental Association, the best way to get rid of tartar is by daily brushing and cleaning of the teeth and by flossing. Tartar occurs when the plaque that forms on the teeth has not been removed with daily brushing and is left to harden.

Plaque is a sticky film that can cover the teeth and cause tooth decay and gum disease, and it is made from the invisible germs that live inside the mouth. After an individual eats something, plaque can release an acid that will attack and break down the enamel on the teeth. When the enamel breaks down it can lead to cavities.

Tartar can collect above the gum line and cause gingivitis along with swollen and bleeding gums. If an individual neglects to have the gum disease treated by a dentist, it will eventually cause the tissues that hold the teeth in place to be destroyed. When the tissues break down it ultimately leads to the loss of teeth.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to see plaque on the teeth. Plaque-disclosing tablets can be purchased at any drug store, or an individual can apply red or green food color to the teeth using a cotton swab to locate the areas on the teeth that contain plaque. Once the plaque has been discovered, a toothbrush can be used to scrub the color and the plaque away to prevent tartar.