Plaque and tartar Twenty One dental clinic dentist Brighton Hove

The Differences Between Plaque and Tartar

Because they both appear on the teeth and gums, plaque and tartar are often mixed up with each other. These two concerns are similar in that they can be prevented or kept under control with good dental hygiene. They are also similar in that leaving them untreated can cause gum disease, cavities, and decay.

Let’s examine the differences between plaque and tartar.

Key takeaways:
– Plaque can appear in as little as 8 hours, so regular brushing and flossing are essential to keep it at bay.
– Tartar is hardened plaque built up over time.
– Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed at home. To remove it, a dentist uses scaling and scrapping tools to get beneath the gum line, where tartar usually builds up.

Brushing and flossing daily can help control plaque and prevent the appearance of tartar.
Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/plaque-vs-tartar-whats-the-difference/

Eamon Dehdashti

GDC Number: 261762

Eamon is our resident dually-qualified Hygienist/Therapist and offers treatments ranging from our platinum clean which includes a jet spray polish, to more comprehensive courses of gum therapy. Being a dually-qualified Dental Hygienist/Therapist, he also provides a wider range of routine procedures and treatments such as fillings on adults and children.

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