Once plaque sits on your teeth for more than 24 hours it hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar contain a significant amount of bacteria which release toxins causing deterioration of the bone and soft tissue holding your teeth in place, resulting in eventual tooth loss. This is known as gum disease and 70% of the adult population suffers from it.  Tartar must be removed professionally, it cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss.  Recent medical studies have revealed a close connection between oral health and general health. Oral bacteria and their toxins travel through your blood stream to the rest of your body causing damage elsewhere. Oral health is a vital component towards general well being.