Calculus and Tartar

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Question: What is calculus and what dangers does it pose to your oral health?

Calculus (also referred to as tartar) is a calcified, hardened form of dental plaque. When plaque and bacteria are left on your teeth for too long it begins to harden on the teeth and the result is calculus that can only be removed by your hygienist. The calculus as it is too thick to remove with a simple tooth brush or floss. It is removed in a procedure called Scaling and Root Planing.


Tartar is a hardened dental plaque that can form on teeth, both above and below the gum line. It is a result of poor oral hygiene and can be caused by various factors such as poor brushing and flossing, sugary foods and drinks, smoking, using tobacco products, wearing braces, and having dry mouth. Tartar has an unpleasant odor and can cause small pockets to form in the areas between teeth and gums, resulting in bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.

Diagnosis and tests for tartar include dental X-rays to detect cavities or bone loss, and measuring the depth of any pockets around teeth to see if there are signs of gum disease. Dr. Nugent can diagnose tartar buildup during a routine dental examination and may recommend dental cleanings or gum disease treatments.

Dental cleanings are the best way to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. A dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar using special instruments, flossing between teeth, and polishing teeth surfaces using a rubber cup and gritty toothpaste. Many people can keep tartar at bay with cleanings every six months, but if you are prone to cavities, gum disease, or other issues, you might need cleanings more often.

To prevent tartar buildup, it is best to stop tartar from forming in the first place. To help prevent tartar buildup, brush your teeth two to three times daily with a soft-bristled electrcic toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, floss between teeth once every day, and use an alcohol-free, antibacterial mouthwash twice a day. Avoid smoking and other tobacco products, and visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.

The frequency of tartar removal depends on your unique oral health needs. Most people need cleanings every six months, but you might need them more often if you are prone to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Ask your dentist what type of maintenance schedule is right for you.

In conclusion, tartar is a hardened plaque that can cause various problems, including yellow, brown, or black stains, bad breath, and stained teeth. Regular dental cleanings and professional dental treatments are essential to maintain good oral health and prevent tartar buildup.


Calculus and bacteria lead to Periodontal Disease


Periodontal disease is fought with a procedure called Scaling and Root Planing. This is a procedure where the hygienist removes the calculus and bacterial infection around the teeth.  If you gum tissue is bleeding, or if you feel your teeth are loose and moving you must call our office.

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Dr. Nugent is a prominent dentist in Pasadena, Texas. He has been voted BEST PASADENA TEXAS DENTIST multiple times. Dr. Nugent focuses on family, cosmetic, implant and sedation dentistry. His office is located at 3421 Burke Rd, Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Call us at 713-941-8261.

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