Written by Gaby

What do you need to remove plaque and tartar?

It may be your most important mission when brushing your teeth: removing plaque. Plaque is the number one cause of oral problems. What is plaque exactly, how does it differ from calculus, and most of all: what can you do about it? I'll tell you in this article.

Difference between plaque and calculus



Plaque is a thin, nearly invisible, sticky layer that continuously forms on your teeth and molars. It primarily consists of food, proteins from saliva, and bacteria that live in your mouth. Plaque isn't necessarily harmful, as long as you brush it off your teeth within 48 hours. You can do this with an electric toothbrush.



If plaque stays on your teeth for over 48 hours, it hardens to create calculus. Not removing calculus can lead to inflammation, gum disease, and cavities. Sadly, you can't remove calculus yourself. You need to see a dentist or dental hygienist for this. That is why it's important to clean your teeth properly, so plaque doesn't get the chance to calcify.

Electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes

Plaque accumulates on your teeth and along the edge of your gums during the day. To brush off the plaque from your teeth, it's important that you brush your teeth twice a day. Preferably with an electric toothbrush, because it removes much more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush. In addition to removing plaque, a number of electric toothbrushes are also suitable if you want to remove stains from your teeth or brush inflamed gums.

Brush attachments

Toothbrush brush attachments

To brush the plaque of your teeth, it's important that you replace the brush head of your electric toothbrush after 3 months. Bacteria accumulates in the brush head, so you can clean your teeth less well.

Electric flossers

Electric flossers

Surface plaque is relatively easy to remove. The problem is that plaque often nestles between the teeth or forms on the edge of your gums. To remove plaque between your teeth, it's important to floss between your teeth. You can do this with a flossing device.

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