I’ve got a yellow build up on my bottom teeth. (I don’t see it on my top teeth). What is it? Can I do anything to avoid it?
Wesley from South Bend, Indiana
All teeth have build up on them. When you cannot see the build up it is called Calculus. It comes from the minerals found in the saliva of our teeth. Once the build up becomes visible, it is called tartar.
Both tartar and calculus are damaging to the health of your gums. It is very important to have it regularly removed through dental cleanings. Regular brushing alone will not be enough to remove it. If you leave it on your teeth, you will eventually develop gum disease. As the gum disease progresses, your gums will start to pull away from your teeth. This will lead to your teeth coming loose and eventually falling out.
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