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Q: I have good oral care but I have a hard time with tartar build-up on my teeth. I get a cleaning every six months and it just comes back within a month or so. I floss and use pre-rinse but nothing seems to help keep my tartar under control. Any suggestions?
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November 25, 2014
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It is not unusual to see the first signs of tartar build-up within a month of a professional cleaning. This is especially true on the insides of your lower front teeth. Has your dentist or dental hygienist said that you build up an excessive amount of tartar?

I would suggest that at your next dental visit, review your brushing and flossing habits with your dentist or dental hygienist. They can make sure you are cleaning all surfaces and flossing properly.

Increasing your intake of raw vegetables also may be helpful.

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