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Tartar attracts bacteria

Tartar control helps prevent tooth decay and periodontitis

Almost all of us are familiar with the whitish or pale yellow, sometimes dark deposits that collect on the surface of our teeth and are called tartar, or calculus. These stubborn deposits are caused by the interaction between dental plaque and saliva. Simply brushing your teeth, unfortunately, won’t make tartar go away. As it offers bacteria perfect conditions to thrive, you should have it removed professionally at regular intervals in your dental practice.

Tartar formation

Tartar build-up is promoted by the permanent flow of saliva. This is why the crusty deposits are quite frequently found in the vicinity of the saliva glands. Most often they develop along the front incisors and in the area of the upper first molars. This is how they develop:

  • The “foundation” for tartar is laid by soft dental deposits, or plaque. It is the breeding ground for a variety of bacteria that feed on bits of food and sugar that collect on the teeth.
  • This plaque will not always be completely removed by home dental routines. This applies in particular to hard-to-reach areas such as in between teeth or in the tooth pockets below the gum line.
  • Plaque left on the teeth over a longer period of time will attract minerals from the saliva, which gradually cause the deposits to harden.
  • Tea, coffee, or red wine in particular can cause the tartar, which initially is a pale yellow colour, to turn darker – nicotine may even cause it to turn almost black.

Health hazards

Tartar has a rough surface, which makes it easy for fresh plaque to collect. Therefore, tartar is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria frequently also include varieties that trigger dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontitis – the most common dental problems, which often entail time-consuming and complex treatment. Therefore, tartar may be a serious hazard to your dental health. As the mineral content of saliva varies from one individual to another, so does their susceptibility to developing tartar. One fact is indisputable, however: Tartar will not disappear of its own accord. Left untreated, it may eventually completely cover the surfaces of the teeth. You should have it removed regularly by your dentist. The smilin“ dental practice in Rheinfelden offers tartar removal treatment performed by experienced dental hygienists.

Advantages of tartar control

Having tartar deposits professionally removed in your dental practice has a number of advantages:

  • Harmful plaque will not accumulate as readily
  • Caries-promoting and periodontal bacteria will have a much harder time to settle
  • Unsightly discolorations are also removed during the procedure
  • Surface stains from tea, coffee, red wine and nicotine will not build up as quickly
  • Your smile will be more attractive

Our procedures

Our experienced dental hygienists offer a professional dental cleaning procedure to remove tartar. The removal procedure is thorough and effective thanks to gentle mechanical instruments or an ultrasonic cleaning device. Both the tooth surfaces and the spaces in between are included in the cleaning process. After cleaning, the treated areas are carefully polished to slow down future plaque build-up.

Prevention

Professional dental cleaning

The professional cleaning procedure for tartar removal in our practice has additional health benefits. Apart from scaling away hardened tartar, all other soft and hard plaque deposits are also thoroughly removed. In addition, all your teeth are carefully polished. This makes it harder for deposits to accumulate on the surfaces of your teeth. A professional dental cleaning procedure, which is performed twice a year, is the best way to prevent future tartar build-up – and, consequently, dental caries and periodontitis. You can have this procedure done in our dental practice any time.

Effective dental hygiene

Your regular home dental care routines can also help prevent the formation of tartar. Cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush and dental floss will prevent the accumulation of soft deposits. This will also slow down tartar or calculus build-up. However, you will not be able to fully prevent the formation of tartar. Checking for tartar is therefore an important element of the regular dental check-ups performed in our dental practice.

Make an appointment

If you would like to have your teeth checked for tartar or calculus build-up, have plaque deposits removed, or need professional dental cleaning, simply make an appointment in our practice by telephone or e-mail at your convenience.