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Dr. Savita Gupta
  • Dental Care Center
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    Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110070
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Preventative Dentistry


See Your Dentist Regularly

Regular checkups and cleanings are necessary for removing plaque and tartar. Keeping your teeth clean of tartar will help maintain a healthy and attractive smile.

Why Brush and Floss?

Because brushing and flossing twice a day will keep your teeth and gums healthy. Having clean teeth makes you feel better. Your breath is fresher, and your smile brighter.

Brushing and Flossing Tips

Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and gently brush each surface using a “wiggle, squiggle, swish” motion. Be sure to make contact with each individual tooth surface. This will assist in removing the plaque that collects on the front and back of your teeth.

Flossing your teeth helps break up and remove the plaque that collects between your teeth and under your gums. First, wrap approximately 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers. Hold it with your index fingers and your thumbs. Then ease the floss between your teeth to form a “C” shape. Now, work the floss back and forth, and up and down, going just below the gum line where plaque collects. Super floss or other floss aides are used in such cases as orthodontic situations, or when wearing bridges.

Plaque and Tartar Control


Patients often confuse plaque and tartar and how they are related to each other.

Plaque is a sticky film that constantly forms on all areas of your teeth; it is composed of bacteria, by-products of bacteria and saliva. However, plaque that builds up along the gum line and between the teeth in hard to reach places can be harmful.


Plaque buildup is a primary factor in gum disease. Fighting plaque is a life-long component of oral care.


Plaque is constantly forming on teeth after brushing which is why it is so important to brush twice a day and floss daily.


Tartar (also called calculus) forms when minerals deposit in plaque, which is not removed by regular brushing and flossing. This crusty deposit creates a cohesive bond that can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist. The prevention of tartar buildup above the gum line has not been shown to have a therapeutic effect on gum disease.

The photographs below show three degrees of tartar, or calculus, formation:


You can help reduce the formation of tartar by:

  • Brushing with tartar protection toothpaste.
  • Having your teeth professionally cleaned as frequently as recommended by your dentist.

Individuals vary greatly in their susceptibility to plaque and tartar. For many of us, these deposits build up faster as we age. Fighting tartar is a life-long component of oral care.

Be sure to follow the special home care instructions provided by Dr. Savita.