When the bacteria in your mouth mixes with proteins or food byproducts and form a sticky film on your teeth, this is called dental plague. When this plaque accumulates on your teeth over time, it gets thick and crusty, now it would be called Calculus or Tartar. Calculus damages the gums and can only be removed with the help of dental professionals using specialised tools.
How to control calculus buildup?
There are 5 steps to control calculus buildup:
- Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes/ 7 days a week.
- Better to use an electronic or powered brush.
- Always use calculus or tartar control toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Floss and rinse after each meal. Preferably rinse with saltwater. Salt tends to kill most of the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
- Limit your consumption of sugary foods and beverages.
Fun Fact: Smoking and the use of other tobacco products increase your chances of calculus buildup.
Can I remove Calculus at home?
While plague can be removed at home by brushing and flossing you cannot really remove calculus by yourself. To remove calculus, you need the help of a dentist or hygienist and their special instruments.
When are you more susceptible to calculus?
Susceptibility to calculus varies from individual to individual but you get more prone to it as you age.
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