Tartar buildup occurs when plaque hardens on the surfaces of the teeth and this could be linked to bad breath, teeth stains, and even poor periodontal health. Multiple factors could lead to tartar, and your nutrition is a major one! In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about the link between nutrition and tartar buildup.
Vitamin Deficiency and Buildup
When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar and starch, and don’t brush and floss properly, then harmful oral bacteria can break down these particles to create plaque buildup, a sticky coating the covers our teeth. Over time, this can harden into tartar, also known as calculus. But another factor is vitamin deficiency. A vitamin known as K2 is used to send calcium in our blood to our teeth and bones. But if we have a lack of this vitamin, then calcium ends up on our teeth and in the arteries, creating tartar.
The Link to Gum Disease
The hardened buildup not only impacts the appearance of your smile, leading to stains and visible white buildup at the base of the teeth, but this can also irritate and inflame the gums, leaving you vulnerable to periodontal disease and major complications down the road, such as tooth loss. The buildup in the arteries could also impact your heart health! Which is why you need to take action to protect yourself from major buildup on your teeth and in your arteries.
Health Diets and Better Oral Hygiene Routines
Your doctor could recommend taking vitamins D3 and K2 to improve levels, as well as magnesium. But don’t take these without approval from your doctor first! You can also help these vitamin levels with your diet choices. You should add organic and grass-fed animal products to your diet, such as cheese, meat, and eggs. Be sure you also take time to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss every evening. Routine cleanings to remove plaque and tartar are essential too. Most people need these visits every six months, while those with high risk factors for periodontal disease may need them every three to four months.
If you have any questions about how a healthy diet and the right vitamins can protect your smile, heart health, and more, then please contact our team today! We look forward to helping you maintain your best possible smile for years to come.
Speak With Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist About Keeping Your Smile Healthy
We would like to help you take action to protect your overall oral health. If you would like to find out more about treating your periodontal health concerns, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.