How to prevent plaque from becoming tarter

How to prevent plaque from becoming tarter

What is the difference between plaque and tarter?

Plaque is a colorless substance or film of bacteria that builds up around the gum line and is easily removed with daily brushing and flossing. Plaque causes cavities because of the acid contained in it. When the plaque is not removed daily, it hardens into tartar.

Tartar is a yellow, hard and crusty, and can only be removed by a dental professional. Both plaque and tartar cause gingivitis, a bacterial infection of the gums. Gum disease from gingivitis can also lead to more serious issues such as bone loss or an abscess.

  • Plaque leads to cavities
  • Plaque will harden into tartar
  • Untreated leads to gum disease from gingivitis