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Tartar corresponds to the calcification of the bacterial plaque that covers the teeth and part of the gums, forming a hard and yellowish plaque, which, if left untreated, can lead to the appearance of stains on the teeth and favor the formation of cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.
To avoid the formation of tartar, you need to brush your teeth well and floss regularly. In addition, it is important to have a he althy diet, rich in minerals and low in sugar, since sugar favors the proliferation of microorganisms and, consequently, the formation of plaque and tartar.
To remove tartar, it is important that the dentist is consulted for an evaluation and cleaning, which consists of removing the tartar.
Symptoms of tartar
Tartar is characterized by the appearance of a darker layer, usually yellowish, and adhered to the tooth that can be seen near the gum, at the base and/or between the teeth even after brushing the teeth correctly.
Tartar corresponds to the calcification of bacterial plaque, which can be favored by poor oral hygiene habits, as there can be accumulation of leftover food and increased proliferation of bacteria, associated with excessive salivation. In addition, the formation of tartar can be influenced by the use of some medications or by factors that promote changes in the flow of saliva.
How to remove tartar
The tartar is normally very well adhered to the tooth and, therefore, its removal at home is often not possible, even if the mouth is properly cleaned.
Thus, the removal of tartar must be done by the dentist during a dental appointment, in which a deep cleaning is carried out, which includes a kind of scraping to remove the plaques, leaving the teeth he althier and free from all dirt. During cleaning, the dentist also removes accumulated plaque to prevent solidification and more tartar from forming.
A homemade option that is still quite controversial is the use of sodium bicarbonate, as this substance can penetrate the bacterial plate and increase the pH, helping to fight the bacteria present there and helping to remove tartar. On the other hand, the continued use of sodium bicarbonate is not recommended, as it can end up altering the porosity of the tooth and making it more sensitive. See more about homemade ways to remove tartar.