In this article, I am going to cover all about Calculus bridge or tartar, from its symptoms and causes to its treatment. If you want to know any of the mentioned things then you are in the right place.
Having a beautiful and healthy set of teeth is very important for overall well being but there are some oral issues that can make you look unappealing like missing or crooked teeth, plaque, gum disease etc. That’s why it is important to visit a dentist regularly.
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A regular Dental Cleaning (every 3 to 6 months) is very important to avoid any oral issues.
it’s time to dig deep.
What is a Calculus Bridge or Tartar?
Calculus is also known as tartar which is the white or yellowish deposit of minerals on the surface of the teeth. It is made when the pre-existing plaque has become hardened.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless to yellow deposits that regularly formed on your teeth. (1)
When saliva and food combine they produce bacteria which collect between teeth and gums. There are both good and bad bacteria found in saliva, but there are such components in the saliva that help in the formation of Plaque initially.
Plaque is soft and can be removed with regular brushing and flossing but once it hardens it is difficult to remove (Calculus).
As our teeth are constantly in the saliva so calculus can be formed within a few weeks.
Where is Calculus formed?
It is usually formed in the center line on sulcus in between the subgingival and teeth or could be found along the gum line which is composed of organic and inorganic components.
In the picture, you can clearly see, how a calculus bridge looks like.
It is very important to remove Calculus build up because it is loaded with bacteria. Once it is built, it is difficult to remove at home and one must visit a dentist for the proper cleaning and removal.
With professional cleaning and regular checkups, you can avoid any of the dental issues and have healthy teeth and gums.
The Symptoms of Calculus Bridge
Following are some of the common symptoms:
- Tooth decay
- Receding gum line
- Bad breath
- White or yellow hard deposits on teeth
- Chronically inflamed Gingiva
- Tooth loss due to the deep penetration of tartar or calculus
Causes of Calculus Bridge
There could be many causes of it, like:
- Unhealthy Diet
- Precipitation of Minerals present in Plaque
- No Care of Teeth
- Too much consumption of Sweets or Chocolates etc…
If proper treatment is not given at early stages, it continues growing and end up with tooth removal.
Treatment / Removal of Tartar or Calculus
There are basically 2 ways to remove calculus or tartar.
- At Home
- At Clinic
I’m going to tell you both.
Following are some of the common ways to remove it at home:
Do regular brushing a minimum 2 times a day with a hard toothbrush. Make sure that you do brushing 1 time with a baking soda or activated charcoal to whiten teeth and to remove any kind of buildup.
To do it properly, add some water to baking soda or charcoal and make a paste and then use this paste to do it 1 time a day.
Please Note: Do not do it more than once a day (baking soda or charcoal).
Flossing is very beneficial in removing plaque and calculus buildup. After every brushing floss your teeth properly and you’ll see a good result.
Make sure that you floss below the gumline on each tooth to remove any kind of buildup or plaque as much as possible.
3. Orange Peels
Take the orange peel and rub it with your hand properly on your teeth for 2-3 minutes. It has vitamin C in it which helps fight against bacteria and removes the tartar.
You can also grind it and make a paste by adding some water into it and then brush it.
When the plaque and tartar become hard and it cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing then you must look for the different treatment options that will help you remove it efficiently.
Here are the 2 most common ways to remove it properly.
- The first treatment is ultrasonic removal which is done using vibrations of high frequency that helps in scraping off the remaining calcium deposits and tartar.
- The second treatment method includes hand tools. They are used for cleaning the teeth surface so that smaller deposits of calculus can be removed as these tools are specially designed according to the shape of the teeth for efficient cleaning of the teeth.
Both treatment methods will offer you smooth, clean and healthy teeth.
Benefits of Calculus Removal
After the treatment, you will feel refresh for a longer period of time without any kind of build up or bad breath. The biggest benefit is, it inhibits the further accumulation or development of bacteria which could cause periodontal or gum diseases. (2)
What is the Cost of the Treatment?
There is no fixed amount for the treatment as it totally depends, what kind of treatment is required. Only the dentist can tell you the exact amount.
How long is the Treatment Process?
Usually, the treatment period is short, but in some cases, it could last from a week to a month.
Is there any Age Limit?
No, there is no age limit for this.
Is the Treatment Painful?
In most cases, the treatment is not painful.
Now it’s your turn. Do regular brushing minimum twice a day to avoid any oral issues. If due to any reason you still see the symptoms of Calculus Bridge (mentioned above) then visit a dentist for a thorough check-up.
Only the dentist can guide you better as he has a complete view of your teeth.