Good dental hygiene is of major importance in the modern world. After all, your teeth are one of the first things that people will notice about you, and nobody wants to actively have to avoid smiling in order to avoid people taking a closer look at their bad teeth. There are many techniques that people employ to keep their teeth in great health, primarily brushing, flossing and using mouthwash.

However, it is impossible for people to get rid of all the bacteria on their teeth using these methods. This is why plaque builds up, even with the exemplary employment of these techniques, on people’s teeth. Plaque is an abundance of bacteria on your teeth. The real issue, however, is that over time plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by toothbrushes, floss or mouthwash. Plaque hardens into white tartar on your teeth at first, but can later become yellow and, finally, black. Thankfully, dentists can help people truly get rid of this harmful stuff.

How Dentists Get Rid of Tartar

Dentists use special tools like a dental hand piece to provide a more in-depth cleaning of your teeth than you could ever manage yourself. They receive years of special training in order to learn to use these kinds of tools effectively and safely. This is why this type of cleaning can only be done by a trained dental professional. A novice attempting to use these tools is liable to cause more harm than good because many of these tools are very sharp and can cause damage to your teeth and gums if not used properly.

These tools need to be this sharp in order to get rid of the hard tartar on people’s teeth. It makes perfect sense, then, that a soft toothbrush, floss or mouthwash cannot get rid of tartar. Additionally, tartar is something that people need to get rid of because it can cause harm to their teeth over time. Eventually, it can even lead to gingivitis or periodontitis. It can cause your gums to bleed easily and recede.

It is important for people to have regular dental visits because they can prevent the excess build-up of plaque and tartar. Dentists are trained to be able to get rid of plaque that accumulates in hard-to-reach places so that it does not harden into tartar. If your plaque does harden into tartar, they are also trained to get rid of that as well.