Posted on: 10 August 2017
Do you have barnacles on your teeth? "Barnacles" are another name for the tartar that builds up along your gum-line, creating hard plaque and potential tooth loss. If you have barnacles, then you likely have periodontal disease, but don't worry; nearly half of the American population does, and it is easy to treat if caught early.
Get rid of periodontal disease and prevent the build-up of barnacles with these dental tips:
Floss and then floss again. Flossing is the most effective way to keep plaque at bay and curb periodontal disease. It is integral to remove tartar when it starts to form, usually along your gum-line, and before it has time to harden and become plaque. Plaque creates bumps and "barnacles" on your teeth, often behind your front and back incisors.
Rinse after every snack or beverage. Many people underestimate the potential that a soft drink or light snack has to create tartar. Try to be vigilant about rinsing your mouth with water or using mouthwash after any food or beverage when you are not able to brush properly.
Drink plenty of water. Water is another way to decrease the potential for tartar to remain on your teeth and gums throughout the day. A dry mouth can also contribute to periodontal disease, so be sure to stay hydrated.
Don't forget to brush. Naturally, it is key to brush regularly and thoroughly at least twice a day. Start carrying a toothbrush in your car, handbag, or office desk to make it easy to keep up with your brushing regimen. Keep the brush in a clean, waterproof case or container to prevent germs or bacterial growth between uses.
Use an upward, vertical motion. As mentioned, barnacles form typically behind the front teeth, where it might be difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Hold your brush vertically, with the bristles inside your front teeth, and use and up-and-down brushing motion. It is slow, painstaking work but will help to remove any nasty tartar that sticks in this vulnerable area of the mouth.
Hit-up your dentist. Visit your dentist--it is recommended twice per year--for cleanings and scaling, which is when the doctor scrapes the plaque from along your gum-line to prevent decay or loss. This can be uncomfortable, but it is the only way to remove hardened plaque that has developed over time.
Periodontal disease is prevalent among adults and is the leading cause of tooth-loss in this demographic. It leads to barnacles and chronically-bad breath, so it pays to prevent periodontal disease. Talk to your general dentistry professional about reversing the damage caused by periodontal disease and for tips to improve your oral health and hygiene.Share