What Happens When Tartar Builds Up Below the Gums?
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Dr. Wendy Spektor
In today's busy world we seldom have time to think of ourselves, so we often forget about our teeth. A quick brush and we are on to the next task. We don't often think of what happens to our gums when tartar gets below the gum line, or how it can damage our teeth if left untreated. These dental diseases can cause many problems over time when left untreated, making it difficult to chew, and causing pain.
Build Up of Tartar
Tartar or dental calculus is created by plaque. Plaque is a film over your teeth occurring when the saliva containing micro minerals from food sit too long. It's sometimes noticeable by a yellowing film developing on your teeth, however, it can be colorless as well making it hard to see without a professional. It then hardens and becomes tartar. This tartar builds up and can go beneath your gum line. When left untreated, it can cause periodontal disease or gingivitis. Your gums can turn red or become swollen. Many people experience pain or tenderness, and it can cause the gums to bleed. If left untreated, it can become periodontitis disease, which is an infection within the gums. This can cause damage to your gums, the jaw bone, and loosen your teeth as well.
It is important to have your teeth cleaned every six months. Taking care of your oral hygiene can keep you healthy. While plaque can mostly be cleaned away with a proper brushing, tartar can only be removed professionally. Making time each morning and evening for proper oral hygiene is vastly important and sticking to a regular routine will ensure it's done daily.
Scheduling regular visits with our office can help your overall oral health. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment. You will be glad you did!