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While there are many benefits from a routine visit with Dr. Nirmal Aujla at Jefferson Dental Health PC, there’s one reason that’s incredibly important you don’t put off your annual dental checkups.

A regular checkup is the only instance where tartar can be effectively removed from your teeth. As tartar is a leading cause of cavities and gum disease, this is hugely important for your oral health.

What is tartar?

Tartar is essentially hardened plaque. When you don’t do as good a job as you should of keeping up with your oral health regimen, any plaque that isn’t removed hardens and turns into tartar. This is such a hard substance that you can’t remove it at home. It requires the expertise of our team here at Jefferson Dental Health PC to do so without damaging enamel and your gums.

Why is it bad?

When plaque turns into tartar, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria. These are the same bacteria that cause gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth decay. If you let too much tartar build up in your mouth, you’re likely to end up with some serious oral health complications.

How do I prevent it?

The best way to prevent tartar is using a three-pronged approach: brush regularly, floss, and use mouthwash. These three acts together work well to combat tartar build up, and when you come in every six months to see Dr. Nirmal Aujla you’ll get a comprehensive exam to ensure you don’t have any built up in your mouth.

If you need to schedule an appointment or have more questions for our team, call us today at 315-788-7070.