Dental plaque, also known as tooth plaque, microbial plaque, and dental biofilm, is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth. Over time, if plaque isn’t removed on a regular basis, minerals from your saliva are deposited into the plaque biofilm causing it to harden within 24 to 72 hours, turning into tartar. And while you can remove plaque at home, tartar removal requires the help of a dental professional.
Normally, the dentist removes the stubborn tartar that clings to your teeth, which you can't shift with your regular tooth brushing. However, if you discover tartar between your regular visits, you don't have to wait. Instead, you can tackle it yourself with a range of household products.