What is the difference between Plaque and Tartar?

Plaque is a white film of bacteria that forms around the teeth and along the gum line. Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly growing in our mouths. If plaque is not removed by proper brushing and flossing the bacteria builds up and hardens into tartar (calculus). Tartar is calcified plaque that is attached to the enamel of the teeth, along and below the gum line. Tartar is easy to detect as it appears as a yellow or brown build up commonly found behind the lower front teeth. The build-up of calculus gives plaque an additional surface area to grow and a much stickier surface to attach to. The only way tartar can be removed completely is by a professional teeth cleaning done by your dentist. The bacteria in plaque irritates the gums causing gum inflammation and if left unattended can lead to gum disease which affects the tissue and bone that supports the teeth and can increase the risk of developing cavities.

To prevent the build-up of plaque, make sure to:
-Brush thoroughly twice a day (morning and before bed) for 2 minutes
-Limit your intake of sugary and sticky snacks
-Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gum line
-Schedule regular dental check-up and professional cleaning appointments with your dentist

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