Calcification of your teeth is classified with periodontal disease. As plaque builds up on your teeth, it hardens, causing a thick buildup that can be white or yellow in color. This calcification can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not treated. Although regular visits to your dentist should be enough to stave off this condition, proper tooth care at home is the key to removing and preventing calcification from forming on your pearly whites.
Brush and floss your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily and in between meals. Work your toothbrush in a circular motion on each individual tooth. Brushing across your teeth only spreads bacteria and plaque around. Proper brushing followed by a thorough flossing in between each tooth will remove surface calcification, although not all at one time.
Visit your dentist for a professional tooth cleaning every six months. The dentist or dental hygienist will clean and polish each tooth and follow up with a fluoride treatment to strengthen and protect the enamel on your teeth.
Do not smoke and cut back on coffee and sodas. Both products can stain your teeth and weaken enamel, causing plaque to become trapped deep into your teeth. This worsens calcification, causing it to become more difficult to remove.
Purchase an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste or whitening strips. These are equipped with whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide that can remove unwanted plaque and calcification. Use as directed once a week.