How Does Tartar Affect Teeth And Gums?

Tartar is a sticky substance that results from the accumulation of bacterial presence in the mouth. Tartar can attach to the surface of a tooth near the gum line. The moment tartar builds on the teeth; the process of removing it becomes very challenging.  It largely affects the gums and makes it difficult for a patient to clean the teeth either by brushing or flossing. Failure to floss and brush makes the tartar situation worsen. Bacteria in the mouth continue to secrete acids each time a person eats or drinks. The continued production and releasing of these acids leads to the breakdown of the tooth enamel. This is because the bacterium eats up the enamel for survival.  The longer the tartar goes untreated, the more the bacteria continue to multiply. This makes the tooth develop cavities and start to decay. When tartar affects the gum line, more serious problems start to occur. This is because the bacteria and the germs attach to the gums causing irritation and severe damage. As time goes by, and the tartar is not detected or treated, the gums suffer inflammation that results in progressive disease in the gum area. Gums are very sensitive are easily affected by tartar. There is a condition called gingivitis that affects the gum.   The initial stages of inflammation of the gums are commonly caused by plaque or tartar present on the teeth. This beginning condition is usually a mild stage. The good thing is that it can be controlled or reversed if proper dental care is given to the teeth in its initial stages. Proper dental care consists of careful brushing, regular dental visits, and daily flossing.  It is also possible to stop it completely by visiting a dentist specialized in treating tartar problems. What happens if the condition is not treated? If by any chance, the gingivitis is not treated, and the tartar not removed, the patient can experience serious gum problems. It can lead to a gum disease known as periodontitis. This type of disease is so severe that one is in a position of losing the entire dental formula. At its advanced stages, it starts to pocket the tartar between the gums and the teeth. The bacteria are now in large amounts which cause the body’s immune system to release chemicals used to fight the bacteria. These chemicals released will affect the bones and other tissues. This can lead to total tooth loss and degradation of bones. Dr. Peter Hazim can alleviate any tartar formation problems you may be experiencing. Please call us at (972) 727-5599.  We are located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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