PLAQUE AND TARTAR

PLAQUE AND TARTAR

No matter what your teeth are like, keeping regular dental appointments is one of the most important things you can do to keep them healthy. Twice-yearly cleanings are an opportunity to remove tartar, the calculus that inevitably builds up on teeth near the gumline. At the South Carthay office of Dr. Suzanne Haeri, we provide general dental services as well as cosmetic specialties, and we want all our patients to be proud of having clean, healthy teeth and gums.

Plaque and tartar are different things. Plaque is sticky and always present. It’s a film on the teeth made up of saliva, sugar from food, and oral bacteria. There are hundreds of species of oral bacteria, and most of them have a neutral or positive impact on us, but a few produce acid as a by-product of their cellular respiration. The acid gets caught in the teeth’s bio-film, leading to the decay of tooth enamel and the recession of gum tissue.

Tartar is plaque that has hardened into a yellow or brown colored paste. It contributes to gum recession and inflammation, but unlike plaque, it can’t just be brushed away. It only takes a few hours for plaque to start hardening, which is why people should drink water throughout the day, brush their teeth twice a day, and try to stick to set meal times or clean their teeth after snacking. During a dental appointment, a hygienist will break up tartar safely and floss each tooth properly, but patients can reduce how much tartar builds up between appointments by practicing good hygiene and avoiding foods that are sticky and full of simple sugars.

The dental office of Suzanne Haeri, DDS, is located at 1100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90035. To schedule an appointment, call 310-657-2200 or visit our website at Suzanne Haeri DDS.

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