You probably hear about tartar and your oral health a lot. You catch the term when you’re listening to commercials. You see it printed on toothpaste boxes. It’s around but you might not really know what to make of tartar. Is it the same thing as plaque? Is it worse? Since it’s actually pretty important that you understand the basics of this topic, we’ve got a quiz all ready for you to take!
- True or False: When plaque is left on teeth for too long, it hardens into a substance that we refer to as tartar.
- True or False: You cannot remove tartar on your own. However, you can protect your oral health by keeping it from forming.
- True or False: If you have tartar on your teeth, you need dental cleanings to remove it and to avoid stains and decay.
- True. Plaque is sticky yet soft enough for you to remove with dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing will sweep it away. However, any amount that is left on teeth will turn into tartar within 24 to 48 hours.
- True. Unfortunately, once tartar forms, there’s nothing you can do at home to get rid of it. You can, however, keep your oral health safe by removing plaque every day with your dental hygiene (so tartar doesn’t develop).
- True. It’s very important to have tartar removed from your teeth every six months (a little bit is always likely to form) to prevent both oral health-related and cosmetic problems.
See Us Twice A Year To Prevent Tartar Buildup
Don’t forget to schedule your six-month cleanings, so your smile can avoid problems like decay. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.