While all people experience tartar buildup on their teeth, some are more prone to it than others. For example, people in developed countries have to deal with tartar far more than people living in third world countries. Look at some of the poorest countries in Africa, and you’ll notice that most people have sparkling white teeth well into their old age. In the west, however, teeth start going yellow before you even reach your twenties, and of course, we have western diets to thank for that. When it comes to our health and well-being, we in the west have for the most part forgotten that prevention is better than cure. Instead of preventing heart problems, we eat whatever we want, and when the old ticker starts playing up, we run to the doctor. The same mentality applies with our teeth. We eat whatever we want, and then spends tens of thousands on dental care. Of course we’re not about to change our way, so we just have to learn to cope with tartar buildup on our teeth, and fortunately for us, we can get rid of tartar, and we can also prevent it from building up quickly. All we need to do is follow a few basic steps:
- The first step is to focus on your level of personal oral hygiene. Ideally, you need to spend at least two or three minutes brushing your teeth, and you need to do this at least twice a day, preferably in the mornings and then again, just before you go to bed. After you finish brushing your teeth, you should also floss them in order to clean those areas where a toothbrush can’t get to. You should also consider using tartar control toothpaste rather than a regular toothpaste, especially if you drink a lot of tea, coffee, or sweetened cold drinks such as soda pops. If you’re particularly prone to tartar buildup, you need to spend additional time brushing, focusing on the gum line as this will not only stimulate your gums, but it will also increase saliva production, which in turn helps to slow down the buildup of tartar.
- Next, you need to schedule regular appointments with your dentist, and arrange for a professional cleaning treatment at least twice a year. If you have a serious tartar problem, your dentist may suggest more frequent cleaning, as is often the case as you get older. The added benefit of regular dental appointments is that your dentist will also be able to spot other problems in a timely manner, such as tooth cavities for example. Many people feel they don’t need to have their teeth cleaned by a dentist, given that there are nowadays several products on the market that you can use at home. In truth, however, while some of these products will remove tartar, they don’t do anything to slow down the buildup of new tartar. When you get your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist, they don’t only remove the existing tartar, but instead, they also polish your teeth to give them a smoother surface. This essentially makes it more difficult for tartar to adhere to your teeth, which in turn also minimizes tooth decay.