Oral hygiene can be a difficult point of discussion for our patients; many people don't enjoy brushing or flossing. Yet, our oral health is tied to our general well-being; in fact, an early warning sign for risk of heart attack can be tartar build-up on your teeth, along with vitamin K deficiency.
What Is Tartar?
No matter how meticulous you are about your brushing and flossing, there will always be a little plaque that you just cannot reach. Once plaque solidifies and hardens, it becomes tartar, which can only be removed with professional dental cleanings. Tartar build-up can also happen through fluoride from food or dental products. There are a few variables that can affect the rapid formation of tartar, which should be removed through regular dental cleanings.
When tartar invades your gum line, it invites harmful bacteria over for a fun night out. At this point, gum disease can set in and advance into periodontal disease that can damage teeth and bone. Your Aston, PA general dentist can remove tartar build-up even below the gumline.
Do I Have Rapid Tartar Buildup?
Even with high-quality at-home oral care routines, you might still feel rough spots on your teeth that indicate rapid tartar build-up. However, some people are more prone to develop tartar faster than others. There are different variables that may account for this, including:
- The foods and drinks you enjoy
- Toothpaste with fluoride
- Not brushing long enough
- Improper flossing
- Tobacco use
- Dry mouth
- Concentrated amounts of urea in your saliva
While salivary urea can protect your enamel from tooth decay and cavities, too much can lead to tartar formation on your teeth. The same goes for fluoridated toothpaste that many people use to remineralize and strengthen teeth, but can also lead to tartar build-up.
The foods you eat that include starch and sugar just about beg tartar to take up residence.
Dry-mouth is terrible for your oral cavity because you need saliva to wash off debris and plaque from your teeth. At The Dental Health Center in Aston, we may recommend a special mouthwash or routine to prevent dental conditions that can lead to tartar build-up.
Have You Noticed Calcified Dental Buildup?
If you noticed that your teeth are covered in calcified plaque that feels rough, give your preventive dentist in Aston a call us or go online to schedule a dental cleaning. Dr. Daniel R. Seger and his dental team are always available for your oral health.