Tartar, also called odontolithiasis by industry professionals, is a firm biofilm coating on the teeth. This coating cannot be removed with a toothbrush or mouthwash. Only impeccable oral hygiene and routine family dental health care can prevent this issue from ever beginning.
Tartar is formed when minerals from the saliva become lodged in plaque, which is particularly possible in places where the toothbrush cannot reach (e.g. between teeth). Due to the rough surface of the tartar, bacteria and microorganisms are able to accumulate and multiply particularly well. Often times, the insides of the mandibular incisors and the outside of the maxillary incisors are affected. When it comes to these areas, the body’s saliva is expelled from the salivary glands.
The removal of tartar is extremely hard. It is recognizable by its yellowish to brownish color and it cannot be removed despite daily brushing your teeth. It can be felt with the tip of the tongue and then makes itself felt by a forming a hardened edge on the gums.
A dentist or a trained dental assistant can remove a patient’s tartar with a scaler or curette. However, the gentlest removal for tooth and gums is with an ultrasound machine. Hereby, tartar cannot be loosened mechanically, but only with waves provided by an ultrasound machine.
Most health insurance companies will cover this type of procedure once or twice a year. This means that the treatment will be covered and the patient will have to pay their copay or possibly nothing at all. There is one prerequisite, however, and that means no other treatments can be performed during the visit.
Getting your teeth professionally cleaned represents a meaningful way to improve the overall health of your teeth and gums. It makes sense to have one to two sessions a year.
Consuming certain foods and drinks can help a person improve their dental health. These include dairy products, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. But be careful with citrus fruits, as they contain a lot of acids.
It is important that people do not forget to floss daily, in addition to brushing and using mouthwash. This simple gesture removes plaque where the toothbrush cannot reach.