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How To Prevent Tartar Buildup

Tartar is hard, thick plaque often found behind the front teeth and along the gum line. Most adults will have some degree of tartar at some point in their lives and it is quite a common dental problem, although it can lead to gum disease and the need for fillings if left untreated.

As tartar often builds up behind the teeth, some people have the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mindset and avoid going to the dentist until the situation worsens.

The best way to prevent tartar build up is to have a good oral hygiene routine and to follow the following steps:

See Your Dentist

To prevent tartar buildup you should visit your dentist regularly, so that they can identify problem areas and remove the plaque before it builds up to a dangerous amount. Even if you think you have perfectly healthy white teeth you should be seeing your dentist every six months. Visiting the dental hygienist for a deep clean every 6 months is the most effective way of preventing tartar build up and keeping your gums healthy.

Brush & Floss

Dentists have seen it all and you’d be surprised how many people don’t brush their teeth everyday, let alone floss. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing your teeth before bed gives you the best results against plaque and bad breath. Brushing your teeth helps sweep away plaque whilst floss gets deep in between your teeth and gums to remove food debris and tartar. Going to bed without brushing or flossing, leaving sugary and starchy foods on your teeth and gums, will result in tartar forming and potentially gum disease.

Upgrade Your Toothbrush

It has been proven that electric toothbrushes with rotating heads are far more effective at brushing away plaque than a regular toothbrush, so why not make the upgrade? You can find some great, affordable options that can help enhance your oral regime. Make sure you are replacing the head every 3 months to make sure your toothbrush is still cleaning as thoroughly, and you aren’t spreading germs from old bristles.

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