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Tartar, also referred to as dental calculus, is a yellow or brownish calcified substance that forms on or between teeth or along the gumline when plaque is not removed through regular brushing and flossing. Unlike plaque, which is soft and can be removed with proper oral hygiene practices, tartar is a hard substance that can only be removed by a dental professional.

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Tartar buildup not only contributes to tooth discoloration but also increases the risk of gum disease and other oral health issues. It provides a rough surface that facilitates further plaque accumulation, exacerbating dental problems. Regular dental hygiene and professional cleanings are essential to manage tartar and maintain oral health.

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Tartar buildup can lead to gum inflammation, known as gingivitis, and more severe forms of gum disease like periodontitis, which can result in tooth loss. Tartar can also harbor bacteria that produce acids, contributing to the development of cavities and tooth decay.




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