It is a natural occurrence that plaque and tartar build-up on the surfaces of our teeth over time. While natural flora made up of healthy bacteria are used to break down food and prepare it for digestion, harmful bacteria tend to grow and multiply with refined sugars in our diet, leading to the formation of harmful plaque. Plague (the film we feel on our teeth if we haven’t brushed) can harden and calcify, resulting in tartar buildup.
Tartar is too hard for either your toothbrush or mouthwash to effectively remove. Your dental hygienist is trained in the safe removal of plaque without damaging the protective enamel on your teeth. Tartar can build up along the gumline, resulting in inflammation and redness of the gums and the potential for tooth decay. Gum disease (periodontal disease) results in the loss of more teeth than cavities in people over age 35. Gum disease has also been noted in the scientific community to increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and other ailments.