If you are not dealing with tartar buildup effectively, you become vulnerable to problems with tooth decay and gum disease. At home, you fight tartar by removing plaque deposits before they harden. Once those deposits do harden and form tartar, you will need your hygienist's help to remove it. This is one reason to make sure you consistently schedule routine dental exams. At every appointment, your teeth are cleaned by your hygienist, who has tools that remove the tartar deposits that resist removal from brushing and flossing. Our Columbia, TN dentist's office is ready to provide preventive services so that you do not have to worry that gathering tartar will make you more vulnerable to problems that require restorative dental work.
Why Tartar Buildup Should Worry You
Tartar deposits form when plaque buildup is not removed in time. The gathering plaque deposits that form on your teeth will eventually harden, making them resistant to brushing and flossing. The bacteria in tartar buildup can make you vulnerable to the formation of cavities. When deposits form at your gum line, they can cause problems with your periodontal health that can create long-term troubles. People who regularly see their dentist for preventive care will have tartar removed from their teeth on a consistent basis. Those who do not can find that visible tartar deposits affect their appearance as well as their oral health.
What To Expect During A Routine Dental Exam
At a routine dental exam, your smile will be closely inspected by your dentist, and your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned by your hygienist. While you can stop tartar from forming, your hygienist can actually remove deposits that have formed since your last visit. By doing so, they reduce your risk for problems that might require treatment from your dentist. If problems have already formed, your dentist will explain to you what has happened, and what form of treatment is called for to return your smile to good health. Unless you are told otherwise, you should have an exam scheduled every six months.
Tips For Preventing Tartar Buildup
Even if you do have access to professional teeth cleanings, you should make daily oral care a priority. A good brushing and flossing routine is one that effectively clears away plaque buildup before the deposits can become stuck to your teeth. Take at least two minutes to clean every part of your smile when you brush. To floss as effectively as possible, make sure you perform this task every day, and make sure that the floss string is brought all the way down to your gum line to avoid periodontal problems. Through a combination of daily care and scheduled preventive care, you can avoid tartar buildup as well as problems that require treatments with dental fillings or dental crowns.
Our Columbia, TN Dentist's Office Is Ready To Care For Your Smile
Creekside Family Dentistry is proud to provide dental care to people in and around The Columbia, TN area. If you need to set up your next routine exam, or if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, you can contact Creekside Family Dentistry by calling (931) 388–3384.