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Tartar (Overview)

It is plaques that has absorbed minerals from the saliva and has become a hardened (calcified) mass. Usually can only be removed with hygieine instrumentation.


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What are tartar?

What are tartar?

Hardened plaque: Plaque forms around your teeth all the time. If not removed it gets hardened by the minerals in your saliva. Once it has turned into tarter it is much more difficult to remove. It also becomes a surface for further plaque forms. This threatens the health of your gums. ...Read more

Tartar (Overview)

It is plaques that has absorbed minerals from the saliva and has become a hardened (calcified) mass. Usually can only be removed with hygieine instrumentation.


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Can tartar look brown?

Can tartar look brown?

Yes: And the longer it's on your teeth, the more gum recession it causes. Tarter (calcified bacterial accretions) can discolor from the food/beverages you consume, from chromogenic bacteria, and from smoking. Please see your Dentist for removal and for proper oral hygiene instructions. ...Read more

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How to get tartar off?

How to get tartar off?

See your dentist: The most effective (and safest) way to remove tartar is by having a dental cleaning (prophylaxis). ...Read more

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How can you avoid tartar build-up?

How can you avoid tartar build-up?

Brushing & flossing: Best way to avoid tarter build-up is to have your teeth professionally cleaned and follow the dentist's tooth brush and flossing instructions. Tarter starts to build up in areas you miss when you are brushing and flossing. You can avoid it by making sure you brush and floss all the surfaces of each tooth. A dentist can help you determine what areas you are missing. ...Read more

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Can bake soda help remove thin layer of tartar?

Can bake soda help remove thin layer of tartar?

Yes: It can help remove thin layer of plaque which is combination of bacteria, protein film layer on teeth and food debris. Effective for stain removal as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tartar?

What is the definition or description of: tartar?

Calculus: It is plaques that has absorbed minerals from the saliva and has become a hardened (calcified) mass. Usually can only be removed with hygieine instrumentation. ...Read more

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Can a lacotse in talarin person eat tartar sauce?

Can a lacotse in talarin person eat tartar sauce?

Lactose intolerance: Check the labels on the tartar sauce -- some may contain dairy products. If you eat them, you will not be a happy camper. Some tartar sauce may be okay for you, though. Here's one, with a recipe: http://tinyurl. Com/pwdh3cz. ...Read more

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How can I remove plaque or tartar?

How can I remove plaque or tartar?

Cleaning: At home by brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist for your regular cleaning. ...Read more

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Is there a toothpaste that removes tartar?

Is there a toothpaste that removes tartar?

Calculus: Calculus is a buildup of hardened bacterial colonies that need to be manually scraped and scaled off of the tooth surface. This is accomplished by your dentist and/or hygienist. Use a tartar control toothpaste to keep your teeth clean between regularly scheduled dental cleaning visits. So to answer your question, unfortunately no. ...Read more

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What is the difference between plaque and tartar?

What is the difference between plaque and tartar?

Soft versus hard: Dental plaque is a soft material composed of a large variety of bacteria and other microorganisms that form a biofilm covering the outer surfaces of a tooth. This plaque can harden and become tarter (or dental calculus) which is often tightly adhered to tooth structure. ...Read more

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What are some effective ways to prevent tartar buildup?

What are some effective ways to prevent tartar buildup?

Brush brush brush: The only way to disrupt plaque is by mechanically removing it. The better you brush and floss the more slowly it will build. ...Read more

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Which is the most recommended toothpaste for removing tartar?

Which is the most recommended toothpaste for removing tartar?

None: No toothpaste can 'remove' tartar buildup. Toothpaste can 'prevent' the formation of tartar buildup, but only if used regularly. Your best bet is to go to your dentist or dental hygienist and have a prophylaxis or dental cleaning, where plaque and tartar are removed by scraping the surface of the teeth with special instruments. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse tartar build up other than scraping?

Is it possible to reverse tartar build up other than scraping?

No: Tartar is calcified plaque. You can remove the plaque before it becomes tartar by brushing and flossing, but once it hardens it must be removed with a sharp instrument. ...Read more

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How to explain the best answer for my 7yr daughter. She wants to know what is tartar & where it comes from?

How to explain the best answer for my 7yr daughter. She wants to know what is tartar & where it comes from?

Not brushing: Tartar is simply hardened bacterial build up on the teeth. This build up occurs due to lack of adequate teeth cleaning when brushing. The build-up is initially soft but the longer it remains on the teeth the more minerals it absorbs from your saliva and the harder it gets. Only a professional teeth cleaning can remove the tartar once it is hardened on the teeth. ...Read more

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What causes tartar on your teeth?

What causes tartar on your teeth?

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. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of tartar?

How do you get rid of tartar?

Removed by your DDS: Tarter may not be removable by you. The formation of tarter begins when the bacteria settles on your teeth. This process organizes into plaque over a 24hr period. You can remove the plaque with a toothbrush. When not removed it mineralizes into a harder material called calculus "tarter". Your dds needs special instruments "scalers" to remove the calculus. Brushing and flossing prevents calculus. ...Read more

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How can dentist remove tartar?

How can dentist remove tartar?

Tarter removal: An ultrasonic cleaning instrument can be used at the dental office by their hygienist to remove the bulk amount of tarter. Hand scaling with instruments will be used to removed the remaining tarter. A final polish is then done to the teeth. I would also recommend that fluoride treatments be applied in many situations, both children and adults for certain dietary concerns. ...Read more

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Could the dentist remove tartar?

Of course: Once tartar has formed, only a dentist or hygienist can remove it. Call your dentist for anointment. ...Read more

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Can tartar cause pain in my gums?

Can tartar cause pain in my gums?

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. ...Read more

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How to deal with plaque/tartar on retainer?

How to deal with plaque/tartar on retainer?

Use Denture Cleanser: Soak in a denture cleanser. If the retainer has metal on it, then use a denture cleanser that is safe for partial dentures. ...Read more

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Could tartar be removed while having braces on?

Could tartar be removed while having braces on?

Oral care: To have straight teeth that have no bone support is a waste of time and money. Ask your orthodontist for specific hygiene instructions while braces are on. Keep mouth healthy an scrupulously clean. See general dentist at least 4x/year for cleanings while braces are on, even if insurance doesn't cover the work. ...Read more

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How do you get tartar buildup off a crowded tooth?

How do you get tartar buildup off a crowded tooth?

Tartar: The hardened build up on teeth is called calculus and may be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Brushing and flossing will help to prevent it from building up. Crowded teeth make it much more difficult to keep these teeth clean and you are more prone to gum disease. Talk to your dentist about straightening your tooth orthodontically. ...Read more

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How do I remove the hard tartar buildup on my gums?

How do I remove the hard tartar buildup on my gums?

See your dentist: Tarter is a calcified substance that is often tightly adhered to the outer surface of a tooth. In most cases, once it has adhered, it would be very difficult for an individual to remove it. It can readily be removed by a dental professional. I would highly recommend that you see your dentist before trying to remove the tarter yourself. ...Read more

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How to get tartar buildup off a crowded tooth, by yourself?

How to get tartar buildup off a crowded tooth, by yourself?

See your dentist: The most effective (and safest) way to remove tartar is by having a dental cleaning (prophylaxis)...Tartar is very hard and stuck to enamel, removing it yourself is difficult. Using sharp instruments to try and remove it yourself is not recommended. ...Read more