What Is Tartar?

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Tartre is the calcification of the plaque. Tartar forms on the crown of the tooth, near and under the gum. Tartar promotes the growth of the plaque by giving it more surface, a rough surface that will further promote its growth, this multiplication of bacteria can cause cavities and gum disease and periodontal disease.

Tartar not only a problem to the health of teeth and gums, but it is also an aesthetic problem. Because tartar is porous, it absorbs dyes easily. It is hence, all the more important to avoid tartar formation if you consume a lot of tea or coffee or smoke.

How do I know if I have tartar?

Unlike plaque, which is a colorless coating of bacteria, tartar is a mineral deposit that is easy to see if it is above the gumline. Tartar most often has a yellowish or brownish color, even black. The best way to find out if there is tartar – and eliminate it – is to consult your dentist.

Can I avoid tartar formation?

Good brushing, especially with an anti-tartar toothpaste and the use of dental floss are necessary to prevent the formation of plaque and tartar. Once formed, the tartar can only be removed by your dentist: it is descaling. The dentist removes scale with special instruments. Do you have concerns or comment about any of the topics you read here? Contact us .