WHAT IS TARTAR AND WHY IS IT BAD?
November 24, 2018
Tartar (also known as dental calculus) is hardened bacteria that occurs when dental plaque gets stuck on your pets teeth and comes in contact with the saliva. So what is tartar? There are two types and one of them is more harmful than the other:
- Tartar along the gum line
This type is called supragingival (above the gum) tartar and is often formed on the lingual surface of the mandibular anterior teeth or on the outside of the large teeth in the upper jaw.
- Tartar between the teeth and the gingiva
The other, and more harmful, type of tartar is called subgingival (below the gum) tartar. It thrives within the sulcus (gum pockets) between the teeth and the gingiva.
Why tartar is bad for your pet
If not taken care of in an early stage, tartar can lead to cavities and periodontitis (also known as gum disease and pyorrhea) which is a set of inflammatory diseases affecting the gum. At a more cosmetic level, tartar could discolor the teeth and lead to bad breath.
Fact: Once plaque hardens and forms as tartar, it’s impossible to remove with just tooth brushing.
How do I spot tartar?
At first, it will appear grainy and porous and usually has a chalk-like white color. Tartar often turns darker, in shades of yellow and brown, as it hardens. Tartar is easy to spot if it’s located above the gum. But if it’s located below the gum, it might be too late when you find out about the rock-hard guest in your pets mouth.
How to prevent tartar
We have answered the question what is tartar. But how do we get rid of it? You can’t remove tartar by yourself just by brushing your pets teeth since it’s stuck like concrete. However, a veterinarian can remove tartar with professional techniques.
But you can prevent tartar from building up by brushing your pets teeth on a regular basis. But there is also another measure against tartar that not everyone knows about. It’s green and 100% natural. Curious?