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What can halt/remove tooth tartar?

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Dr. Thomas Frymark
Dentistry 46 years experience
Hygienist and YOU: Tartar, also called calculus, is the hard material that might accumulate on teeth. It's a powerful irritant to the gums and prevents proper cleaning. First, prevent the buildup of calculus by brushing and flossing twice daily. Spend enough time to do a great job. Second, only a dental hygienist or dentist can remove the firmly attached tartar using hand scalers and ultrasonic instruments.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Can't halt: You really can't halt tartar. It forms from many sources...Saliva, brady chemistry, medicines. You can keep it to a minimum by brushing and flossing regularly...But it still may form. If it does form it must be mechanically removed by scrapping it off. It will continue to enlarge and cause problems if it is not taken care of.

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