Dental plaque is the colorless, sticky film that forms on the surface of teeth which makes the teeth feel fuzzy especially during times when the teeth are not brushed for a long period of time. When plaque hardens, it will change colour and turn into tartar – the gray of black deposits that form in between teeth, or just above the gum line. The tartar will need to be professionally removed by a dentist; trying to remove tartar buildup at home may lead to the gums bleeding and being injured, worsening the dental problem.
Prevention of tartar buildup is much easier to do than having to deal with the tartar removal. Here are some ways of preventing the buildup of tartar on the surface of teeth.
Tartar Buildup Prevention
Brush teeth properly. Regular and proper tooth brushing will help keep the teeth surfaces clean, and can also stimulate the gums to prevent tartar buildup caused by blood accumulation.
Use dental floss regularly. Cleaning in between the teeth will remove any food particles that may be stuck, which may contribute to the buildup of plaque and tartar in the long run.
Eat acidic fruits. The acids from sour fruits like lemon and lime prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar on the surface of teeth, and are also natural bleaching agents that prevent teeth stains and discolourations. However, excessive consumption of these acidic fruits can erode the enamel of teeth – so it is best to consume these fruits sparingly.
Eat hard vegetables and fruits. Chewing on hard vegetables and fruits makes the gums stronger, decreasing the risk of gum bleeding. These hard vegetables and fruits can also help in scraping the surface of teeth of particles that can cause plaque and tartar buildup.
Go for regular dental checkups. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis will help in the early detection of plaque deposits – and the early removal of these deposits before they can develop into tartar.
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