The Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

July 26, 2018

father son brushing teethDon’t worry, most of us can’t explain the difference between plaque and tartar; although, it is important to understand how each affect your oral health so that you can combat both appropriately! Let’s take a look at the difference between the two:

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that inevitably forms on our teeth and gum line throughout the day. Plaque contains tons of bacteria, so if you allow this substance to remain, your teeth are receptive to gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities.

Although this stuff can do some serious damage to your smile, there are ways you can aid in the health of your mouth! By brushing two times a day, limiting your intake of sugary foods, chewing sugar-free gum after meals, and consuming an adequate amount of water, you can decrease plaque buildup.

woman dentist What is Tartar?

Tartar is plaque that has built up over time, thus hardening and making it impossible for you to get rid of without the help of your dentist. If tartar buildup isn’t taken care of properly, you might experience tooth discoloration, sensitivity, and gum disease.

Luckily, dentists have the right tools to be able to professionally take care of hard deposits of tartar- which is why a visit to the dentist every 6 months goes a long way to keeping your smile strong and glowing!

Visit us Twice a Year

If you haven’t visited us in a while, it may be time to contact us. Not only will we professionally clean your teeth, we will monitor your gums and any tartar build up, so that you can enjoy a white, bright smile.

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