Bacteria and residual food particles in the mouth, quickly develop into a film of plaque. If this plaque is not cleaned away by regular brushing and flossing it will harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line, is the leading cause of gum disease.
Gum disease is widespread issue throughout the American population. It is estimated by the American Dental Association that nearly half of all adults over the age of 30 have gum disease at some level. The CDC also reports that that 64% of seniors over age 65 have moderate to severe gum disease. Advanced gum disease can cause your gums to pull back from your teeth, creating pockets of infection near the roots. In time it can even cause a loss of bone material in your jaw.
An effective oral hygiene routine, founded on brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste, followed by flossing between teeth and around the gum line, is essential for removing plaque and food particles.
Even the most effective daily oral hygiene routine cannot remove all the plaque and tartar from your mouth. Once tartar develops it can only be removed by the professional tools and techniques used by your dentist. This means it is especially important for you to stick to your twice a year dental cleanings.
If you have questions about plaque and tartar buildup, or you are due for your next dental cleaning, please feel free to call us at 605-987-2721 to schedule an appointment.