A 43-year-old member asked:
How long can you keep tartar in teeth and still get it off?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 11 years experience
Comes off easily: Tartar (aka calculus) is a combination of hardened plaque, dead bacteria, minerals from the saliva, nicotine from smoking and what ever other stuff gets stuck in there. I have seen people with so much of it from decades of buildup it looks like they have a second set of teeth. It comes off very easily with the instruments the dentist and hygienist have. Please see dentist every 6 months.
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Dentistry 43 years experience
Wouldn't wait: I'm not sure what you are asking but...If you have tartar (calculus) on your teeth it can all be knocked off at anytime with a good cleaning. But, the longer you wait will allow the tartar to gather, get heavy and start affecting the gums and bone which keep your teeth tightly in your mouth. Remeber to take care of only the ones you want to keep in the long run.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
How can I keep my teeth from getting thinner?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctoranswered
Please clarify: Are you talking about the enamel being thin, or the tooth structure itself being thin on the edges? If you are wearing down the tooth structure from grinding, you should have your bite assessed. If you are talking about enamel thinning, avoid acidic foods, rinse after eating them and avoid brushing for 30 minutes after eating them. Also don't use abrasive toothpastes or hard toothbrushes.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
How long can one keep brown tartar on one's teeth for?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 29 years experience
Tartar on Teeth: You can keep brown tartar on your teeth until they fall out if you want. What you should know is that there is bacteria eating the bone around your teeth underneath that tartar. You should get that tartar off of your teeth if you want to keep your teeth for the long term.
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Last updated Dec 13, 2016
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