Plaque and tartar on teeth

Definition

Plaque is the sticky coating that forms on teeth from a buildup of bacteria. Tartar is hardened plaque.

Information

Your dentist or hygienist should show you the correct way to brush and floss. Prevention is key to oral health. Tips for preventing and removing tartar or plaque on your teeth include:


Review Date: 2/5/2018
Reviewed By: Ilona Fotek, DMD, MS, Dental Healing Arts, Jupiter, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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