The Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

July 23, 2018

family brushing teethIt’s common to think that plaque and tartar are one in the same; however, the two vary and it’s important to understand how each can affect your smile. Let’s take a look at the difference so that you can keep your mouth happy and healthy!

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, barely visible film that naturally forms and sits on top of your teeth throughout the day. When our food and saliva combine with plaque, we end up feeding and breeding more bacteria. While this bacteria festers, it produces acid, which can cause your teeth to erode, leading to gum disease and cavities.

Even though this process isn’t pretty, you can take steps to deter bacteria from building up in your mouth! Aside from brushing twice a day, chewing sugar-free gum after meals and drinking ample amounts of water are great ways to promote correct oral hygiene.

dentist cleaningWhat is Tartar?

Tartar is calcified plaque- a hard, rough deposit that forms when we don’t take proper care to clean our teeth! When we allow tartar to build up, we become vulnerable to tooth discoloration, sensitivity, and gum disease.

How do we remedy such an issue? The only way to take care of tartar is to visit your dentist for a professional cleaning; this is why a dental checkup every 6 months is important!

Visit Us Twice a Year

Haven’t visited us in a while? It might be time to contact us. Not only will we professionally clean your teeth, we will assess tartar buildup and monitor your gums so that you can experience a healthy glowing smile throughout your life!