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Can tartar cause pain in my gums?

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Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Possibly: Normally the presence of tartar is not painful, but sometimes the tartar can be sharp and irritate your gums to point where they become infected. Painful gums can also be caused by food lodging in between the tooth and gum. Popcorn husks are notorious for that. This should resolve on it's own within a few days. If not or it gets worse then i would see your dentist, you may need a cleaning.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Yes: Tartar and calculus act like sandpaper on your gums. Proper home care w/ flossing and brushing a nd flossing along w/ agood cleaning will prevent this.

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