Tartar. We’ve all heard of it, but what exactly is tartar?

Dr. David S. Bistritz of Aventura, FL, is here to educate you on what tartar is and how it can be prevented from resulting in irreversible damage to the smile.

What Is Tartar, And Why Is It Bad For The Teeth?

Tartar is a hard, yellowish substance that can form on the teeth. It is made up of plaque that has hardened onto the teeth. It not only affects the appearance of the teeth, causing them to look stained and discolored, but it can also contribute to conditions such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.

What Can Happen If Tartar Is Not Removed From The Teeth?

During a routine dental visit at Aventura Dental Center in Aventura, FL, patients can obtain a professional cleaning, known as prophylaxis. This cleaning removes plaque, tartar, and calculus from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. In doing this, it improves oral health. Without removing tartar, this can lead to problems such as permanent tooth loss if the condition worsens and contributes to the formation of bacteria and disease.

How Can I Keep My Teeth Free From Tartar?

Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing the dentist regularly for professional cleanings are all good ways to keep tartar from forming on the teeth. There are also some things that can be done at home to help remove tartar, such as using a toothbrush with bristles that are designed to reach into hard-to-clean areas or using a tartar control toothpaste. If you have any questions about how to best care for your teeth and prevent tartar buildup, be sure to ask your dentist during your next visit.

How Do I Learn More About Caring For My Smile?

If you are located in the Aventura, FL community and want to seek treatment with a dentist who can educate you on the importance of good oral hygiene habits, connect with Dr. David S. Bistritz and his team. Call 305-933-2501 to request an appointment with our staff and find out ways you can keep your smile healthy and clean by reducing the risk of developing tartar.