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When it comes to dentistry, there are a few terms and phrases that can be confusing. For instance, you’ve probably heard of plaque and tartar—but do you know what the differences actually are?

Plaque is made of bacteria containing food particles and saliva. Plaque usually forms around your teeth. Fortunately, plaque is soft and sticky, and can be easily removed with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Luckily, visiting your dentist for regular cleaning and checkups will help with spots that are difficult to reach, especially if you have misaligned or overcrowded teeth.

Conversely, when plaque hardens, it becomes known as tartar. Unlike plaque, tartar is very hard and porous. Sadly, if you try to damage your teeth, you may actually damage your teeth. Furthermore, if tartar isn’t removed, it can lead to gum disease and gingivitis. Similarly, tartar will trap stains and cause discoloration in your smile.

Still, how do you avoid getting plaque and tartar? In reality, there is nothing you can do to avoid plaque. It is a daily occurrence, making brushing and flossing extremely important. Doing so will also prevent tartar from forming. Finally, please remember that gentle brushing is the best way to remove plaque. Conversely, brushing too hard may damage your teeth and gums.

If you believe you may have tartar, we recommend visiting our dentist. Remember, if left for a while tartar will lead to other worse oral problems. Dr. David J. Berg and our team will accurately assess and diagnose your problem and then help to rectify it. Please just call Studio 1 Dental at 916.567.0900 to set up an appointment.