Often confused as being the same thing, there is an important difference between the two.

Plaque – Dental plaque is the soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and under your gums throughout the day. It contains millions of bacteria! These bacteria produce acids that erode your tooth enamel and cause cavities.
That’s why good daily oral hygiene is essential to preventing tooth decay. Remember to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Drinking water after meals and snacks can also help!

Tartar – Tartar is what accumulates on your teeth when plaque is not removed. If plaque is left on your teeth for too long, it will harden into tartar and is much more difficult to remove. In fact, tartar can only be removed by a dental professional. You can’t get rid of it with regular brushing and flossing.
Tartar removal is one of the reasons that visiting your dentist every six months is so important!

Plaque build-up that hardens into tartar, can cause tooth discoloration and sensitivity as well as gum recession and periodontal disease.

Come and see us every 6 months.

Plaque and tartar formation are inevitable, no matter how great your oral hygiene is. So, come in to see us every six months! Our job is to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile that’s plaque- and tarter-free!