Alternative Names

Tartar and plaque on teeth; Calculus

Information

Your dentist or hygienist should show you the correct way to brush and floss.  General steps for preventing and removing tartar or plaque on your teeth include:

  • Brush at least twice a day with a brush that is not too large for your mouth. Choose a brush that has soft, rounded bristles. The brush should let you reach every surface in your mouth easily, and the toothpaste should not be abrasive.
  • Electric toothbrushes have been shown to clean teeth better than manual ones.
  • Floss gently at least once a day. This is important to prevent gum disease.
  • See your dentist or oral hygienist at least every 6 months for a thorough teeth cleaning and oral exam. Some people that have periodontal disease may require more frequent cleanings.
  • Solutions you put in your mouth to identify areas of tartar build up may be helpful.

Well-balanced meals are also recommended for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

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