Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar can also form at and underneath the gumline and can irritate gum tissues. Tartar gives plaque more surface area on which to grow and a much stickier surface to adhere, which can lead to more serious conditions, such as cavities and gum disease.
Not only can tartar threaten the health of your teeth and gums, it is also a cosmetic problem. Because tartar is more porous, it absorbs stains easily. So if you are a coffee or tea drinker, or if you smoke, it is especially important to prevent tartar buildup.
Unlike plaque, which is a colorless film of bacteria, tartar is a mineral buildup that's fairly easy to see if above the gumline. The most common sign of tartar is a yellow or brown color to teeth or gums. The only way for sure to detect tartar — and to remove it — is to see Dr. Cary Pang from Arbour Estates Dental in Calgary .
Proper brushing, especially with a tartar control toothpaste, and flossing are necessary to reduce plaque and tartar buildup.
Once tartar has formed, only Dr. Cary Pang from Arbour Estates Dental in Calgary or hygienist can remove it. The process for removing tartar is called scaling. During a scaling, Dr. Cary Pang from Arbour Estates Dental in Calgary or hygienist uses special instruments to remove tartar from your teeth above and below the gumline.
Having the right tools and information are the first steps for having a perfect smile and here at ARBOUR ESTATES DENTAL we are focused on offering you personalized care and a service to help you feel more comfortable and confident with a dazzling smile.