Now that summer is in full swing it is important to think about how all that summer eating has affected your teeth and the impact of tartar. What causes tartar? Bacteria building particles, left untreated, create plaque that eventually turns to hardened tooth tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove and can lead to gum disease. That is why it is important to prevent tooth tarter from forming on your teeth.
Tooth Tartar Origins
If you are not in the habit of brushing and flossing after meals, you will experience the growth of plaque on your teeth.
Plaque is the soft sticky film that forms on your teeth from bacteria. Plaque contains millions of bacteria. When you eat and do not remove food particles from your teeth with brushing or flossing, the bacteria remain. Plaque buildup causes tooth tartar. Tooth tartar that remains on the teeth makes it even more difficult to clean your teeth. Eventually, the tartar builds up under the gum, causing gingivitis.
You can recognize gingivitis with gums that are swollen, red and bleed when brushing your teeth. This is an early sign that hardened tooth tartar has begun the early stages of gum disease.
Halitosis from Tooth Tartar
Just like food, anything that is rotting has an odor. When plaque is present on the teeth, it takes the sugars from your foods and turns them into acid. Acid begins the rotting process of the protective enamel on your teeth. When allowed to progress, the process causes bad breath or halitosis. Halitosis can be a sign of serious health conditions as well as a big sign to visit the dentist.
Ashland Dental to the Rescue!
Allowing plaque to harden to tartar and introduce bacteria into your mouth and body is a sign that you are not properly caring for your teeth. To learn how to properly care for your teeth you should visit the professionals at Ashland Dental in Chicago Heights. At Ashland Dental, we understand that not everyone is an expert in oral health care so there is no reason to feel self-conscious about the condition of your teeth. Our team takes a personal interest in your comfort and care. We strive to give you the healthy smile you want and deserve and to show you how diligence in oral care pays off.
For the best in modern adult dentistry, give Ashland Dental a call today! Get rid of tacky tooth tartar forever and maintain a lifelong healthy smile with Ashland Dental in Chicago Heights.