Even by brushing your teeth twice a day, tartar cannot be completely prevented. After all, dental plaque also forms between and under the teeth, and the toothbrush does not come along well. You can, however, deal with the causes of dental plaque in part.
You can easily test whether you have dental plaque. Scrape your nail over the inside of one of your teeth. The white substance that you see under your nail is plaque. This is a sticky layer of live and dead bacteria. If plaque is not removed, it gets the chance to harden – 50 percent within 48 hours – and becomes literally rock hard in 12 days: the well-known tartar. This can lead to gum disease and yellowing of the teeth.
The main cause of dental plaque is poor brushing of the teeth. After eating or drinking, new dental plaque is created. This is for the most part easy to brush away with a toothbrush, but if this does not happen, the plaque remains. This also attracts new dental plaque, which can ultimately lead to the formation of tartar. Adhesive is less likely to attach to clean teeth, so it is important to brush your teeth carefully twice a day. The ideal brushing moments are in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before bedtime.
Floss, toothpicks and brushes are useful tools for removing plaque. They come to places where the toothbrush cannot reach, which makes it necessary to do this after every brushing. If the space between two teeth is very small, you can use the best floss. Use a brush if the space between the teeth is large enough for this.
The correct PH value in the mouth is important for the health of the teeth. The PH is a measure of the acidity of an aqueous solution. In this case it is saliva in the mouth. A PH value around 6 is necessary for healthy teeth. If it is too low (high acidity), dental plaque will develop faster than with a neutral PH value. If the PH value is too high, the dental plaque will mineralize, resulting in tartar. The PH value can be kept neutral by preventing a dry mouth. Drinking enough water easily solves this.
Bacteria remain in the mouth after eating a meal. Using a mouthwash with antibacterial properties helps to reduce plaque development and improve gum condition. Mouthwashes are not a substitute for daily oral care; it is a supplement to brushing your teeth. Therefore, first clean the teeth thoroughly before using the mouthwash.
In addition to the points mentioned above, it is important to have the dentist check the teeth twice a year. During this check the tartar is removed and the teeth are cleaned.