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General dentistry involves ensuring that people have good dental habits, hygiene practices, and a healthy mouth. The foundation of these things starts with a basic understanding of the differences between plaque and tartar. Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, spend a lot of time helping people get rid of plaque and tartar.
What is the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar?
Plaque is an accumulation of several substances on the teeth. It accumulates rather quickly after we eat or after we've been sleeping for a while. It feels like a sticky film coating the teeth. You can scrape it off with fabric or a napkin, and it looks like a white, lumpy substance. When not removed quickly enough, this sticky substance made of saliva, food particles, sugars, starches, and bacteria, can start to harden. The hardened form of the sticky substance is called tartar. Tartar, when left untreated, causes tooth decay, gum disease known as gingivitis, bone disease known as periodontitis, and other problems. Only a hygienist or other trained dental provider can remove the tartar because it needs to be scraped away with instruments.
Why is it Important to Get Rid of Plaque and Tartar?
The removal of plaque and tartar significantly reduces the chances that an individual will have many different health problems, such as cavities or bone loss in the jaw, among other things. In addition to more severe things like this, a person could also have chronic bad breath, which will impact social gatherings or relationships. Ignored long enough, and this can lead to extreme tooth sensitivity, infection, and possible tooth loss hampering a person's ability to consume healthy, delicious foods.
How to Get Rid of Plaque and Tartar
The easiest way to get rid of plaque is to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every day, and use a mouthwash to finish off. We also recommend that patients brush their tongues often as well. Your mouth will feel healthier and happier because of it. Keeping up with this regimen goes a long way in helping a person maintain good oral health.
Once plaque has turned into tartar a person needs to see their trusted family dentist at Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, for proper cleaning. When done at least twice a year depending on a patient’s need, a professional deep teeth cleaning allows the dentists to examine the mouth for other issues, fix any minor problems with teeth or gums, and guide you back to healthy oral habits. It also reduces the time and difficulty levels needed to remove the tartar that has already formed below your gum lines.
To help remove plaque and tartar, no matter how long it's been since your most recent dental checkup, contact Dr. Jared Hector and Dr. David Johnson of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, at (269) 381-7250 to schedule an appointment today!