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When you visit Dr. Nathaniel Chan at Quincy Center Dental Associates in Quincy, Massachusetts for your annual checkup, one of the things his team will do is remove tartar from your teeth. This is one of the most important parts of regular dental appointments.

Tartar can’t be removed at home, so if you want to have your oral health as best as possible, we recommend you come in to our office for your annual appointments.

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 Quincy Center Dental Associates 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. Nathaniel Chan you’ll get a comprehensive exam to ensure you don’t have any built up in your mouth.

Call us today at 617-934-4914 to schedule your next appointment.