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3 of the best tartar-fighting toothpastes
I’m sure you’ve heard of tartar, right? But usually it’s in the context of, “Would you like some tartar sauce with your fish and chips?”
But there’s a different kind of tartar – a much more annoying, less delicious tartar.
Tartar (also known as dental calculus) is a hard, calcified deposit that forms on your teeth and can contribute to decay. It’s caused by plaque that hasn’t been removed from areas like the back of your teeth, along your gum line and around any fillings. The plaque hardens to form tartar, which is incredibly hard to remove.
So the solution? Well, brushing regularly for long enough to remove any dental plaque is a good start. But a brilliant way to up the ante on your tartar control is to use toothpaste formulated to fight tartar (usually they contain fluoride).
TARTAR-FIGHTING TOOTHPASTE #1: MACLEANS PROTECT
Active fluoride in the toothpaste works its hardest to strengthen your tooth enamel and help prevent tartar from forming by removing plaque build-up. Plus, the two minty variants will ensure your mouth feels clean and your breath is fresh.
TARTAR-FIGHTING TOOTHPASTE #2: ORAL-B PRO-HEALTH
This is the perfect tartar-fighting solution for those looking to whiten their teeth, too. Stannous fluoride and sodium polymetaphosphate (whew, that’s a mouthful!) work to keep teeth and gums healthy by preventing cavities and the formation of plaque, while whitening ingredients work to keep teeth sparkling and bright.
TARTAR-FIGHTING TOOTHPASTE #3: COLGATE TOTAL® MINT STRIPE TOOTHPASTE
This hard-working toothpaste provides protection against bacteria for up to a whopping 12 hours. It helps prevent cavities, tartar and plaque build-up and fights bacteria – all while helping to remove stains, strengthen your tool enamel and fight bad breath. Definitely one to keep in your bathroom cabinet.
Oh, and PS: flossing helps to fight plaque build-up and tartar, too. So don’t forget to do it morning and night.
Are you aware of tartar? Do you actively try and prevent tartar build-up?