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Calculus

Also called tartar is a hardened dental plaque. Brushing and flossing help remove plaque which helps keep calculus from forming. However, once calculus has formed it is too hard to remove with a toothbrush.  Dentists use ultrasonic tools and sharp instruments to scrap off calculus during teeth cleaning. It is recommend that you see a dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleaning.