Preventative oral care can help you avoid many problems and save you a lot of trips to see the dentist.
Not everyone is affected in the same way by plaque and tartar; susceptibility and resistance vary from person to person. But it is the case for most of us that we get more tartar as we get older. This means that the older we get, the more scrupulous we need to be about our oral hygiene.
In addition to going to see the dental hygienist on a regular basis to get our teeth cleaned, it is recommended that we clean our teeth with an electric toothbrush, since these are better at removing plaque. If you also use dental floss and fluoride products, you are doing the best you can to protect your teeth. Choose an electric toothbrush that has brush heads with soft bristles, as hard bristles in combination with powerful oscillation can wear away the enamel and expose root surfaces. If you also use dental floss and fluoride products, you are doing the best you can to protect your teeth.
You can tell that you have been successful if your teeth are clean and free of plaque, you do not have bad breath, and your gums are a nice pink and do not bleed when you brush your teeth.