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Prevent tartar with these 10 tips!

Prevent tartar with these 10 tips!

Tartar is one of the most common dental problems. It is often what stands in our way of having beautiful, healthy and white teeth. But fortunately, tartar can be remedied and better yet prevent it! Read our tips on how to prevent tartar here.

Can you prevent tartar?

Tartar is the result of lack of or improper oral hygiene. Not brushing your teeth enough can lead to plaque and over time this becomes tartar, which is harder to remove. So tartar can be prevented with good oral hygiene.

How tartar affects your teeth and gums

Tartar is the result of plaque, a layer of bacteria, saliva and food particles that adheres to your teeth. Tartar can lead to worse dental problems. Not only does its discolouration make your teeth less attractive, but it can also cause cavities, inflamed gums and bad breath.

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10 tips to prevent tartar on teeth

Prevent plaque build-up; the causative agent of tartar

Preventing tartar is what you do to prevent plaque. Plaque is the causative agent of tartar and results from food particles, bacteria and saliva remaining in the mouth. So brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is the best remedy.

Eat less sugary and starchy foods

Sugar- and starchy-rich foods encourage plaque growth. So eating less sugar and starchy foods gives you less risk of plaque and tartar.

Brushing twice a day against tartar

To prevent tartar, it is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally after each meal so that any remaining food debris and bacteria are removed.

Flos

Brushing your teeth is unfortunately not enough. Brushing does not reach all the surfaces of your teeth. A lot of food often remains between the teeth. Therefore, clean your teeth with a toothpick or, even better, floss.

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Use mouthwash

Rinse your mouth regularly with mouthwash for better oral hygiene, preventing plaque and tartar from forming.

Drink plenty to stimulate saliva production

Saliva has a cleansing effect in your mouth. Your saliva production can be boosted by drinking enough. Avoid sugary drinks as this can have a negative effect on plaque formation. Water is the best option.

Oil pulling to prevent tartar

Oil pulling is a way encouraged by dentists to prevent plaque. After all, oil pulling with coconut oil improves oral health.

Oil pulling with coconut oil improves oral health.

Have tartar removed by dental hygienist

In some cases, it is too late to prevent. If you already suffer from tartar, then visiting a dental hygienist is the best solution. This one can remove tartar.

Healthy diet against tartar buildup

As stated earlier, what you eat affects the formation of tartar and plaque. Eating healthy reduces the risk of plaque.

Reduce stress to reduce the risk of tartar

Stress makes saliva tougher which in turn makes your mouth less easy to clean. The result? Tartar.

Frequently asked questions

Tartar can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth, flossing and rinsing your mouth every day will get you started. Visit your dentist regularly too.

Tartar on your teeth doesn't look pretty, but it can also lead to worse dental problems such as cavities, inflamed gums and bad breath.