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The American Dental Association estimates that nearly half of all people over age 30, have some form of gum disease. The CDC also reports that that 64% of people over age 65 have moderate to severe gum disease.

Hardened tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease. The more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, allowing pockets of infection to form near the roots of your teeth. In time periodontitis can even cause a reduction in the bone structure that anchors your teeth to your jaw.

Poor oral hygiene allows bacteria and residual food particles to remain between your teeth and at the gum line. If these areas are not cleaned it can easily harden into tartar at gum line, which is the leading cause of gum disease.

The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. This should be followed immediately by flossing between teeth and around the gum line, to effectively remove plaque and food particles.

Unfortunately, even the most effective oral hygiene routine can’t clean away 100% of the plaque from your teeth before it hardens into tartar. Once this happens can only be removed by the professional tools and techniques used by the hygienist and dentists at Midtown Dental during your regular dental checkup.

If you have questions about plaque and tartar buildup, or you are due for your next dental cleaning, please feel free to call Midtown Dental at 713-481-5693 to schedule an appointment.