People might not like to talk about it, but tartar buildup on the teeth is a problem for many. Tartar is plaque that has hardened on the teeth. It can also form at and underneath the gumline and irritate gum tissues. Tartar allows plaque more surface area to grow, and creates a much stickier surface to adhere to, which can lead to more serious conditions such as cavities and gum disease. Saliva, food and fluids combine to produce the buildup that collects on the teeth and gums.
While plaque is a colorless film of bacteria, tartar is a mineral buildup that’s fairly easy to see above the gumline. The most common sign of tartar is a yellow or brown color on the teeth or gums. Tartar is porous and stains easily, so it’s especially important for smokers and those who drink coffee or tea to prevent tartar buildup.
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