14 Mar 2018
Anyone who has been to a dentist’s office knows that one of the most time-consuming parts of their visit is the removal of calcium deposits. As food and other materials get stuck to your teeth, they form sticky deposits of bacteria, also known as plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed in a timely manner, these deposits will harden into calculus or tartar, which greatly increases the risk for cavities and gum disease.
As with all other dental treatments, the best work starts at home. Many people are unsure how to remove deposits from teeth on their own, but in reality, there are plenty of techniques you can use both to get rid of these harmful deposits and to prevent them from forming in the first place.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
It is far easier to prevent plaque and tartar buildup than it is to remove it. It should come as no surprise that your best tactics for preventing calcium deposits are the same things your dentist tells you to do each time you go in for a cleaning.
Daily brushing and flossing will always be your best defense, but if you are prone to deposit buildup, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile. For example, toothpaste that contains zinc is typically more effective at preventing plaque buildup. The use of an electric toothbrush will also be more effective than using a standard toothbrush as the vibration remove a greater amount of debris, leaving you with that smooth silky feeling.
Your diet also plays a role in how much calcium buildup you need to deal with. Sticky and sugary foods are always going to cause problems. The best foods for preventing plaque and deposits are crunchy foods that cause your mouth to produce more saliva. Drinking plenty of water will help wash away harmful bacteria.
Going to the Dentist
If dental deposits have gotten out of hand and resulted in tartar formations, you’ll likely be unable to remove them on your own. Don’t let these bacteria have a negative impact on your overall oral health! Visit a dentist as soon as possible. With specialized tools and techniques such as air abrasion, root scaling, or debridement, your dentist can handle even the worst tartar buildup so you can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Your dental hygienist will remove all tartar from your teeth — including the bacteria that is hidden below the gumline — and then polish and clean your teeth. Depending on the intensity of your deposits, follow-up visits may be required to ensure your gums are healing properly. By receiving professional dental treatment and then following your oral hygiene recommendations, you will be better equipped to prevent future plaque buildup.