Dental calculus is another name for dental tartar, a hardened deposit of dental plaque found on the teeth and dental calculus is caused by a buildup of dental plaque, which forms after you eat. The sugars and carbohydrates in food cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce an acid that attacks your teeth. You may not be able to see dental plaque, but you can feel it, it creates a pasty film that not only leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but also causes many dental problems.
Your dentist or dental hygienist has all the tools needed to remove dental calculus. In order to prevent dental calculus, you have to eliminate its source: dental plaque.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Avoid sugary snacks — Healthy eating will minimize the production of dental plaque.
Get a checkup — A dental exam and cleaning will remove dental calculus to better prepare your mouth for an at-home care program. Continue seeing your dentist at least twice a year to keep dental calculus buildup in control.
Practice excellent oral hygiene — Brush at least twice daily, and floss at least once daily. If you can, brush after every meal to keep dental plaque and dental tartar from forming.