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Oral Hygiene FAQ: What Is Dental Tartar?

Posted on: October 31st, 2019 by Sam Khammar

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Oral hygiene is important because dental tartar is not fun! Luckily, good health is! Why is a healthy mouth good for the body? Quite simply, oral hygiene prevents tooth decay, gum diseases and helps prevent bad breath. If our oral health is not taken care of we could lose our teeth, especially as we grow older.

What is dental tartar and how is tartar formed?

Tartar is rough and porous and has a yellow or brown color. Teeth tartar is also known as dental calculus, which forms below and above the gum line. Tartar is a deposit on the teeth that trap stains which then, in turn, cause the discoloration. Certain foods can cause stains, such as blueberries, coffee and other deep rich in color foods.

Here's the deal:

Plaque and bacteria — which can damage tooth enamel and form cavities — can become problematic to remove if tartar formation is present. As we age, many of these deposits build up faster. Plaque also carries bacteria, damaging the enamel on the tooth. If this stays on the teeth it hardens into tartar, which needs to be removed.

The removing of tartar process is called scaling. Specialized instruments are used to remove the tartar, which the dentist is well-trained in using.

Unfortunately, tooth-brushing twice a day will not remove plaque or prevent tartar, but using oral hygiene with dental floss will help remove plaque between teeth and keep the tartar away. Once tartar forms, the dentist or hygienist is the only real option to clean it all out. But how often should a patient go in for a tartar cleaning? Depending on the patient, it could be wise to schedule a visit at least twice a year, or more often upon the dentist's evaluation.

Taming Plaque

Here are a few great tips to both understand and fight tartar better:

  1. Gently brushing your teeth and gums twice a day lines will keep bacteria away
  2. Using dental floss once a day will help fight tartar build-up
  3. Regular dental checkups and teeth cleaning
  4. A balanced diet by eating healthy
  5. Being a non-smoker or commit to stopping smoking
  6. Stay away from staining foods
  7. Use a tartar control mouthwash daily

As mentioned above plaque is a big factor in tartar

Removing the sticky film on a regular basis helps permanent gum disease. Gum disease could get into a person's bloodstream, turning into an infection of the gum tissue itself and even the bones surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease is on the rise and is an increasing health risk. A professional treatment is, of course, recommended to treat the disease.

Once tartar builds up on the teeth, it makes a yellow discoloration and causes bad breath. Once this happens, it can be difficult to easily remove the tartar.

Tartar doesn't have to be a permanent condition

There is so much to smile about, so keep smiling! Improve your overall dental health, your sense of confidence, and the way you look in the mirror by keeping tartar away.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Sam Khammar DDS, request an appointment in our Forked River office here: https://www.samkhammardds.com. Or call us at (609) 242-3464.

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Types of Teeth Cleaning: Quadrant versus Standard

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by Sam Khammar

Teeth CleaningWe offer multiple types of teeth cleaning for those throughout the local area. In our office, we will start by examining our patients’ teeth before determining which types of teeth cleaning: quadrant versus standard, is necessary. The majority of the time, our patients will only need a standard teeth cleaning. This can be completed during the same, initial office visit and is relatively comfortable. Most people don’t require any sedation in order to remain relaxed as this is the most standard of dental procedures. In fact, a standard teeth cleaning is what children start to receive at a very young age. Dental tools are used to remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on the teeth and around the gums, and as long as too much time hasn’t passed between dental exams, this is typically all that is required.

On a regular basis, patients ask us about the types of teeth cleaning: quadrant versus standard, and which one may be right for them. In most cases, a standard teeth cleaning will suffice. However, we find that our patients who haven’t been receiving ongoing dental care are more likely to experience significant plaque and tartar buildup that requires a more intensive teeth cleaning. The purpose of a quad teeth cleaning is to save the gum tissue by removing buildup that has developed at or under the gum line. This procedure can be incredibly effective and important for treating gum disease without the need for surgery. Gum disease is typically caused by plaque and tartar building up in between the gum tissue and the tooth itself. It is impossible to brush this area since the gums are covering it. With this in mind, a quad cleaning can be performed so that we can reach underneath the gums to remove plaque and tartar so that the gum tissue can start to rejuvenate. When considering the types of teeth cleaning: quad versus standard, this is the most important thing to note – if you have early signs of gum disease a quad cleaning may prevent further gum recession and the need for oral surgery. This is by far the least invasive treatment for gum disease and will very often, solve the problem by restoring the gums to good health.

If you need a quadrant cleaning, we invite you to call to schedule an appointment. Not everyone offers this service, making it important to work with an experienced dental office. Since this type of cleaning is intensive, we will typically only complete one quadrant at a time (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left). This will require several appointments, each one will take around an hour and once done, your gums will start to feel healthy again.

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