Tartar Buildup: What Are The Effects?

Woman brushing her teeth to combat tartar buildup

Preventing tartar build-up on our teeth should be a top priority for us all. We can accomplish this by brushing regularly, using tartar control products, and eating a healthy diet amongst other things. Even though we are told how essential it is to prevent and control it by our dentists, many of us still aren’t doing all we can to stop it forming. Primarily, this is because we don’t know the damaging effects that tartar build-up can have. Here are some of the main effects it can cause to give you some additional knowledge and understanding.

Tooth Decay and Cavities

Once a buildup of tartar has formed on your teeth, it makes it increasingly difficult to clean them sufficiently each day. You will be to floss and clean your teeth to a high standard, which makes it easier for further plaque and bacteria to form. This causes enamel on your teeth to break down and often results in tooth decay and cavities. Both of which can cause persistent pain, dental abscesses, and bad breath. Depending on how severe your cavity or tooth decay is, your only option could be extracting one or multiple teeth. This, unfortunately, can affect your confidence at work or when socializing with friends and family. While also making it difficult to eat your favorite foods.

Gum Disease

One of the most common effects of tartar buildup is gum disease. This is caused by tartar developing above the gumline which harbors bacteria. This can result in irritation, inflammation, and bleeding. If left untreated, this can lead to gum disease. This has multiple stages ranging from mild to advanced. Gingivitis is the mildest stage of gum disease, and it can be easily reversed with good oral care. But more serious forms of gum disease are harder to treat. Periodontitis, for example, is when small pockets form between the teeth and gums. These can easily get infected by the tartar’s bacteria. This can be highly damaging to the bone and tissue that keep your teeth in position and results in bone and tooth loss. Both of which can affect the aesthetic nature and functionality of your teeth.

Heart Disease

Recent studies have found strong links between gum disease, caused by tartar buildup, and heart disease. This is primarily due to the bacteria it harbors. Not removing the tartar build up before it develops increases your chances of developing heart disease. Furthermore, this can affect other areas of your body and be potentially life-threatening. Studies have also shown that gum disease can contribute towards dementia and rheumatoid arthritis. Pregnant women with severe gum disease have also been know to give birth prematurely too. All of which can cause some other serious medical conditions. The best defense against developing these issues is having regular checkups and brushing and flossing daily.

Now you know what effect tartar buildup can have, it should encourage you to make more effort to try and stop it. If you have plaque or tartar formations on your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist to have them removed right away.

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