Last Christmas, I met a cousin who is now a dentist based in the U.S. He asked me to show him my teeth and he commented that I have calculus. He wanted to do me but he had to rush back home because of some work-related emergency. Anyway, this is my question. What is calculus? My cuz was smiling when he told me it could lead to serious problems. Please help.

Your cousin must have been pulling your leg when he gave you the impression that calculus is a huge dental problem. But he was right when he cautioned you that it could lead to serious problems.

Calculus is the white, hardened residue that forms on your teeth when plaque is not removed. This is what is more popularly known as tartar usually found at the root of the tooth and between teeth. Actually, it is quite easy to do away with plaque build-up especially if dental hygiene is a habitual part of your daily regimen. You see, plaque can be removed simply by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

I do not intend to alarm you but, your cousin was right; if plaque develops into tartar and tartar is allowed to remain on the teeth and below the gumline, it can lead to chronic infection and inflammation.

Now, the only way to get rid of tartar is to have your teeth professionally cleaned by way of prophylaxis. Come to any branch of Dental Focus and we’ll take care of it. Who knows, we may even find other potential dental problems that we can already find solutions for long before they aggravate into something really problematic.

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