Patients are often confused with plaque, tartar and its correlation.
A plaque is a sticky and colorless bacterial film formed continuously on the tooth surface. If the plaque builds up, it causes coloration and becomes a major cause of gum disease. Removing plaque is a lifelong practice in the healthy oral hygiene. The plaque begins to form on the tooth surface 4 to 12 hours after brushing, so brushing more than twice a day and using a dental floss every day is very important.
Tartar is a hard deposit that causes coloration and discoloration of the tooth surface. Tartar has strong adhesion, so it can only be removed by professional dental care. The degree of plaque and tartar formation varies greatly per individual. Generally, they form faster as you get old.
Learn about Tartar
Calcium and phosphate bind and form crystals on the tooth surface. This calcium phosphate crystals eventually become hard in the plaque and become the tartar. A certain chemical, called pyrophosphate, inhibits the formation of crystals on the tooth surface and the formation of new crystals, preventing the tartar formation.
The following methods can prevent tartar formation.
Receive professional dental care every six months or more often as recommended by your dentist or hygienist.
Brush with toothpaste containing pyrophosphate which attaches to the tooth surface and inhibits tartar formation.
The sodium hexametaphosphate is a specially formulated pyrophosphate. It not only suppresses tartar formation but also relieves tooth surface coloration and acts as a protective barrier to prevent future coloration.