Knowledge base - basic terminology

Tartar is formed as a result of plaque hardening because of minerals which are present in saliva. It is mostly often created along the gum line and takes on a cream color. Under the influence of coffee, tea or cigarettes, it becomes discolored.

Its rough surface influences further plaque buildup.

The stone can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. It is removed by ultrasonic scaling and sandblasting.


See also: Plaque Gum disease Periodontitis Symptoms of periodontitis Enamel Tooth decay Impact of a diet on dental health