Tartar is a deposit of calcified dental plaque, relatively hard, having tendency to form on the teeth and more particularly at the gum line (area where the root and the crown of the tooth meet).


  • Subgingival tartar, of brownish color, is caused by elements that come from the blood and its debris, and adheres to the surface of the tooth at the root level.
  • Supragingival tartar settles mainly at the gum line and possesses a color that is very similar to that of the tooth. It is susceptible to color change when in contact with colorings contained in foods like coffee, certain candies, tea, tobacco, etc.


  • Brushing the teeth two to three times a day, especially after meals.
  • Flossing.


Tartar removal during a dental cleaning is necessary against gingivitis (gum disease) and periodontitis. It should be done at least twice a year during a dental cleaning. The dentist may recommend a more frequent tartar removal (3 to 4 months) for people suffering from disease.


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Category dental problems