If you notice some streaks or spots on your teeth that are different than the normal shade of your teeth, it’s possible that those are calcium buildups. You may have heard these called tartar or calculus. This buildup occurs when a film of bacteria on your teeth “collect” calcium from food and saliva. The reality is, the only way to get rid of calcium buildup like this is to get a professional cleaning done. Brushing isn’t a match against tartar! That’s why we want to give you some tips for preventing these calcium buildups in the first place.
Brush & Floss Regularly
It’s an easy tip, but it’s an important one. When you brush and floss on a routine basis, you’re helping make sure that plaque doesn’t form. And since tartar is a hardened form of plaque, that also keeps calcium buildups at bay. So how often should you be brushing and flossing? Twice a day for brushing and once a day for flossing. That’s a minimum. If you eat sticky foods you should clean your teeth immediately.
Consider Tartar-Control Toothpaste
If calcium buildup is a real concern for you, then you may want to look into getting a toothpaste specifically designed for tartar control for some extra protection. Ask us for some recommendations for which one of these types of toothpaste might be best for you when you come in for your next appointment.
Keep Up with Dental Visits
While you’re doing your part at home on a daily basis to keep your teeth clean, you should also continue to see Smiles Dental for a professional and thorough teeth cleaning at least twice a year. We have the tools and techniques to get rid of any plaque that might be difficult for you to remove on your own before it has the chance to turn into a calcium buildup.
Overdue for your dental cleaning? Want some tips for how to brush and floss with the best technique? The Smiles Dental team is there for you! Contact our office today to set up an appointment or to ask one of our staff members a question about your dental care.