From the time you were a child, you've known that it's important to brush and floss teeth regularly. Doing so prevents tartar buildup and keeps teeth and gums healthy
But, you may not know exactly what this evil substance called tartar is, or how it ends up on your teeth. Oral health is intricately linked to overall well-being. So it's important to understand what leads to the formation of tartar. It's also important to know how to prevent its build-up and how it should be removed. Even if you practice the best oral hygiene, there are bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria, along with proteins and food byproducts, form a sticky film called dental plaque. This film coats teeth. Plaque is most prevalent in areas that are hard to clean -- like the back teeth -- just along the gum line, and around fillings or other dental products.

Plaque can be bad news for teeth. Every time you eat, these bacteria secrete acids that can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities. The acids can also cause inflammation and infection to your gums. But, if you remove plaque regularly with proper hygiene practices, you can prevent this assault on your teeth from leading to permanent tooth decay.