Tartar is basically plaque that has been left untreated and converted into a harder surface on the teeth that only dental professional can remove. Plaque is a thick film on teeth comprised of saliva and trapped food particles that build up above and below the gum line19. The acid from plaque can attack teeth soon after meals; if not cleaned away it can break through enamel and lead to cavities. Plaque also harms gums and can lead to red, swollen gums that bleed when brushed, or even lead to receding gums19. Plaque removal can be achieved by gentle brushing, flossing or rinsing with an antiseptic LISTERINE® mouthwash.
Tartar is yellow in colour and appears on the gum line. It is plaque that was not removed and has hardened from mineral deposits in saliva. Tartar continues to grow and calcify if not removed. Tartar can only be removed from your teeth by dental professionals and their professional tools. Brushing, flossing, rinsing with TARTAR CONTROL LISTERINE® Mouthwash and using a tartar-control toothpaste can help prevent this.