A 46-year-old member asked:
What causes tartar on your teeth?
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Orthodontics 43 years experience
Calcified plaque: Tarter is also known as calculus. When bacterial plaque remains on your teeth for a long time, the calcium ions in your saliva will cause this plaque to calcify. This needs to be removed by a professional, as it is very difficult to remove from the teeth without sharp instruments. To reduce the calculus on your teeth, get them cleaned professionally every six months.
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Periodontics 44 years experience
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Last updated Jan 25, 2015
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