While we all seem to know a lot about plaque, the overall population knows a lot less about tartar. Tartar is a hardened, yellow substance on your teeth. Tartar is formed when plaque is not removed from teeth and is left to harden.
Once tartar hits, it is big trouble for your teeth. Teeth become harder to brush and floss once tartar hardens on your teeth. Even worse, tartar can cause harm to your gums. If any tartar hardens above the gum line, then it will cause irritation and damage to gums, which leads to gum disease.
To fight against tartar practice good dental habits, brush twice a day, floss, and even consider using tartar control toothpaste. Don’t smoke either, because studies show that tobacco use makes your chances of having tartar much higher. Also limit starchy and sugary foods in your diet because they release harmful acids that promote plaque buildup.
Try your best to avoid tartar, because once you have it, only a dental professional will be able to remove it.