Why do You Need a Professional Cleaning?
Professional cleaning and deep tooth cleaning removes plaque, calculus (tartar), and stain from your teeth. The cleaning is done by a dental professional in the dental office and we provide education in proper care of the teeth and gums.
Procedure for Scaling – Deep Cleaning
When scaling and polishing is done, essentially this is a deep clean of your mouth. A special tool is used to get rid of the hard build up of calculus (tartar) then follow up by giving the teeth a thorough polish. The areas concentreated on are just below the gum line, behind your teeth and in the gaps in between them, as these are the regions commonly missed when we brush our teeth. Scaling and polishing helps prevent gum disease.
At our dental clinic, our center uses the EMS Piezon technology. The EMS Piezon unit’s small tip and high frequency scaling tool along with its water spray technology delivers higher patient comfort and makes the procedure for the removal of calculus (tartar) more time-effective. The EMS Peizon enables a more gentle and effective scale within a shorter treatment timeframe than conventional scaling tools. The unit is also designed for complete sterilization, a concept our clinic emphasizes on.
Tartar Control Toothpastes
Most studies suggest that tartar control toothpastes do not remove tartar. They help prevent tartar (hardened plaque that may cause gum disease) from forming. The active ingredient in tartar-control toothpastes is usually pyrophosphate. Some clinical trials on these toothpastes have shown that they reduce tartar as much as 36 percent. They do not reduce the tartar that forms below the gum line, which is the area where tartar can cause gum disease. This is why it is important for your dentist to perform regular professional cleanings.
Tartar is easy enough to prevent, but once the damage begins it is difficult to remove. If left unchecked tartar build up can lead to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Contact a dentist in your area today for tartar removal, and protect your mouth from the scourge of tartar and gum disease.
A cosmetic procedure like teeth whitening can give you the great looks, self-confidence, and motivation to take care of your oral health. We’re all for that! But we’d like to remind you that only natural tooth structure will lighten. If you have calculus on your teeth, having them cleaned first will achieve the best results.
You won’t always be able to tell if you have calculus, so you really need to go to the dentist to get your teeth checked regularly. Calculus is too hard to remove yourself with a toothbrush, and so it needs to be removed properly by a dentist or hygienist using special cleaning tools. You can help prevent calculus forming by keeping your teeth clean.
The best way to prevent the build up of calculus is through twice daily toothbrushing and flossing and cleaning visits based on a schedule recommended by your dental health care provider. Calculus accumulates more easily in some individuals, requiring more frequent brushing, and dental visits. When it accumulates excessively, natural tooth structure may become hidden by it.
There are also some harmful habits that facilitate the accumulation of tartar. Those include smoking, excessive drinking of hard alcohol, using some per-oral drugs etc. Most dentists agree that a once per year visit to remove any accumulated tartar is a must, as even the tiniest quantities are harmful to the gums.