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How to Prevent a Calcium Buildup on Teeth

woman smilingYour looks will be enhanced by a clean, white and healthy smile along with your confidence. However, there will be times when calcium builds up becoming a nuisance for people who are dealing with it regularly. The easiest way to prevent calcium buildup is to brush regularly. However, if it remains you may need the help of a dentist to get rid of it.

How Do Calcium Deposits Form on Teeth?

Bacteria will continue to thrive in your mouth even after brushing regularly. The bacteria mix in with food particles and protein to form a sticky film called plaque. Plaque coats the teeth and gets below the gum line. Regular brushing helps to prevent the plaque from causing gum disease and tooth decay. However, a significant problem can still affect you if the plaque remains in your mouth and begins to harden. The hardened plaque is known as tartar.

Removing Deposits

Deposits after accumulation will be difficult to remove by brushing alone. A visit to the dentist will become a necessity because they have the tools and instruments specifically designed to remove stubborn tartar. Your dentist may use a hand-held instrument on an ultrasonic device utilizing specific wavelengths to get rid of the deposits and stains. If the formation is deep below the gum line your dentist will perform a deep cleaning procedure.

The process of cleaning this is known as scaling. This process is managed by a dental hygienist who is highly trained for working with this process. You must never attempt to accomplish this process with store bought dental kits because they can only make things worse.

Preventing Tartar

After formation, brushing alone will not help to remove it. If prevention is better than a cure we suggest you follow the tips provided to prevent the formation.

  • The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day without exceptions by using a toothpaste that has tartar control ingredients to help prevent the formation.
  • Flossing at least two times a day is also advised to remove dental plaque that accumulates between the teeth.
  • A fluoride-containing alcohol-free mouthwash can help reduce accumulation of calcium. At least two times per day, rinse your mouth with one of these liquids.
  • A water pick can assist in preventing plaque development. You are suggested to use a mirror to detect buildup and thereafter blast it off with a water pick.
  • You can also use disclosing tablets for a more thorough cleaning. These tablets change color by turning to blue or red when they detect stains. Pop a pill in your mouth after brushing, rinse it for two minutes, and then redo the areas where the color blue or red have accumulated.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine deep cleaning.

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