How The Formation of Tartar?

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How The Formation of Tartar?

Tartar is a hard sediment with yellowish-white to blackish brown color, it is like cement that attach to natural teeth and dentures. The formation of tartar is often related with a poor oral hygiene maintenance.

The formation of tartar or calculus begins with the formation of plaque. Plaque is a layer of bacteria on the teeth surface. The formation of this bacterial layer begins when the proteins in the saliva form a thin layer (film) on the teeth surface. This coating causes bacteria to stick to the teeth surface. This thin layer will form dental plaque with a bacterial density of more than 200 million bacterial cells per milligram. Plaque on the teeth surface can adhere well to teeth, to cavities and other rough surfaces. After plaque formation occurs,  4 to 8 hours later, the plaque will begin to crystallize or harden. This hardening process can occur from the first day to the 14th day.

The rate of tartar formation varies in every person. Even in each tooth in the same oral cavity.  The difference in the rate of tartar formation also occurs at certain times. The tartar will continue to form until it reaches its maximum thickness, which about 10 weeks to 6 months.

Phosphate is the mineral that plays the most important role in the formation of tartar. Therefore, the dental plaque found in someone who is at high risk (someone whose teeth are prone to tartar formation) , has three times higher phosphate level than the people who are at low risk.

Way to clean tartar is by doing dental check regularly every 6 months. If the examination shows tartar, the dentist will perform scaling measures to remove the tartar.

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