Black tartar? Tartar occurs in a wide variety of colors. Classic tartar shows up as yellow or brown discoloration on the teeth. However, there is also a variant known as black tartar. In most cases, tartar infestation can be attributed to the same causes, but may also have other clinical pictures. Mostly tartar can be found on the tooth necks, as this is the best starting point for further attacking the teeth. Possible consequences can be that the gums regress and an increased sensation of pain. To prevent periodontitis, a dentist should be consulted at the latest when the pain occurs. However, if the discoloration shows a black tartar, the affected person should become aware.
Black tartar also known as “Black Stain”
Black tartar occurs mainly in children. About 10 percent of all children in Germany suffer from black tartar in different forms. In family, the black tartar occurs more often, i.e. the probability is higher to get black tartar if there is or is a case in the family. In fact, black tartar is a deposit of dyes on the teeth and follows the gum line in a garland shape. The development of Black Stain has not yet been fully clarified. However, it is clear that it is iron sulfide and strongly adheres to the teeth. Iron sulfide is a reaction to saliva components (iron) and bacterial metabolites (sulfur compounds). These are formed in certain types of bacteria that only a few people have. But neither the deposits nor the bacteria are dangerous, only the appearance is immensely clouded by it.
Only professional treatment can help
Black tartar can only be removed professionally by the dentist. Afflicted is also the fact that Black Stain comes back after a while. Regular and thorough brushing of the teeth slows the process of re-emergence, but cannot prevent it in the long run. Another problem can be found in the environment and the fellow human beings, who believe that the lack of oral hygiene is the reason for the black coating. The opposite is the case here. Especially for children, this can often lead to unpleasant teasing and become a burden. The only way out is to take professional distance to minimize the suffering. Affected children also suffer less from tooth decay because the teeth are brushed so thoroughly. Another consolation can be found in the fact that in most cases the black deposits disappear after puberty. However, the reason for the disappearance is not yet known. With regular removal, approximately every 3 to 4 months, the enamel is not attacked and therefore does not suffer any damage. A proven method of brushing teeth is to use a fine and coarse polishing paste. After tooth cleaning, it is also best to rinse with Meridol for two weeks, since the black tartar comes back in a weakened version.
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