Tartar is a hardened bacterial layer on your teeth caused by excess food particles, bacteria and plaque. Tartar buildup at the gum line continually exposes gum tissues to the presence of harmful bacteria. Over the course of time this bacterial presence can lead to inflammation and infection known as gum disease.
The American Dental Association estimates that 47% of the adults over the age of 30 have gum disease to some degree. Research conducted by the CDC has also found that 64% of people over age 65 have moderate to severe gum disease.
Regular brushing, flossing can help remove food particles and plaque before they develop into tartar. Once tartar forms it can only be removed by the training and tools available to you at your regular dental checkup.
Advanced gum disease, can cause your teeth to recede from the gums exposing pockets that can harbor serious infection. This can damage the roots of your teeth, and might also lead to a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth.
If you are due for your next dental cleaning, please feel free to call us at 801-225-1002 to schedule an appointment.