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tartar buildup

Did you know that your gums play a role in keeping your teeth healthy? It’s true. Healthy gums help fight off infection, and they also play a key role in determining how healthy your teeth are. The buildup of tartar (also known as calculus) is one of the main reasons why people develop tooth decay. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your gums healthy and avoid tartar buildup. Keep reading to learn more about this topic and discover ways to prevent tooth decay.

What is Tartar?

Tartar is a buildup of plaque on your teeth that has become calcified. Plaque is the layer of bacteria that builds up on the teeth each day and can cause tooth decay if it is not removed. Bacteria feed on sugars in the foods you eat and produce acids as a by-product. The acids are what erode tooth enamel, leaving tiny holes in your teeth. The tartar on your teeth is concentrated bacteria, so it can cause gums to become sore and red. It is also sticky, which can cause difficulty when brushing and flossing. It is important to regularly clean your teeth to prevent tartar from building up. To clean your teeth, you can use toothpaste, a toothbrush, or a mouthwash. If you want to clean your teeth even better, you can use water or salt instead of toothpaste. Salt has minerals that help remove plaque, so you do not need to brush your teeth as often.

What causes Tooth Decay

When you consume a sugary drink or eat a piece of bread, the sugar prompts bacteria in your mouth to start producing acids. These acids slowly eat away at your teeth, forming tartar. While it’s usually harmless, tartar on your teeth can cause cavities, which are even more harmful than the bacteria that cause them. Some people have softer teeth that are more prone to cavities than others, so your risk of developing cavities depends on your genetics. While many factors contribute to cavities, certain foods and drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay. For example, sugary drinks, alcohol, and high-sodium foods can cause tooth decay. Similarly, foods high in calcium, such as dairy products, can decrease the risk of tooth decay. Eating a healthy diet with a variety of foods and drinks can help you prevent tooth decay.

3 Ways To Keep Your Gums Healthy

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste or brush. While you are brushing, gently scrape the sides of your teeth to remove any plaque that may be stuck on them. If you brush too lightly, you will not remove as much plaque, and you may also not clean your tongue.
  • Floss once per day to remove plaque between your teeth and between your teeth and between your teeth. If you do not floss, the plaque between your teeth and under your gum line will build up to the point where it can cause gum inflammation and tartar buildup.
  • Try to eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar and fatty foods. These foods can cause plaque to build up in your teeth and gums. You should also drink enough water so that you brush your teeth regularly. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. These habits can also contribute to tooth decay and bad breath.

How Do You Know If Your Teeth Are at Risk?

We recommend visiting your dentist every six months for a professional clean. However, if you notice that you have a lot of tartar on your teeth or your gums are red and sore, you should make an appointment as soon as possible.


Teeth are one of the most important parts of your body. They help you eat, drink, and breathe. The health of your teeth can affect your overall health, so it’s important to take care of them. There are a few things you can do to keep your gums healthy, such as brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinsing your mouth with water when you’re done eating or drinking something sugary. There are also a few things you can do to prevent tartar buildup on your teeth, such as consuming a healthy diet with a variety of foods and drinks, not smoking, and getting regular dental check-ups.  Schedule a dental check up today by calling us at 604-559-9955.
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