A plaque, when left untreated with proper dental care, causes tartar. While one can easily get rid of plaque in their home itself, tartar needs a professional dental cleaning. This is because tartar, also called dental calculus, is a hard-to-remove substance deposited on your tooth enamel. Moreover, tartar is deposited below and above the gum line. If you neglect to treat for a period of time, it can lead to receding gums or serious gum disease.
People with dental appliances like braces or dentures are more likely to develop tartar. Also, people with crowded teeth and dry mouth are highly susceptibility to tartar buildup.