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Tartar Prevention

Kevin asks: Aside from visiting a dentist for a routine appointment, what are some ways that tartar buildup can be effectively reduced on teeth?

Tartar is essentially calicified plaque, which is a gooey substance made from the food you eat, the bacteria in your mouth, and saliva. Once tartar is formed only a dentist or dental hygenist can remove it safely, but you can help to limit the amount of tartar built up by following standard recommendations from dentists.

1. brush at least twice a day (or even better after each meal) try to brush for at least 3 minutes each time you brush
2. floss every day
3. make regular visits to your dentist