What is a dental plaque?
The dental plaque is a soft, sticky, colourless film that forms on the surface of the teeth and contains many types of bacteria. Plaque causes tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
What is a tartar?
Tartar (calculus) is a crusty deposit that forms on the teeth when plaque hardens and it causes discoloration. It can form at and underneath the gum line. For many the build up of the deposits becomes faster with age. Tartar is a mineral buildup that is easy to see: a common sign is a yellow or brown colour to teeth or gums.
Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional because it there is a strong bond with the tooth.
To prevent tartar buildup visit your dental office regularly for oral exams and cleanings and brush with a tartar control toothpaste.
The scaling is performed with an ultrasonic scaler, we remove the dental deposits with the help of vibrations, then wash it away with water spray and keep the tip cool, and after this we polish the teeth.
How often should I visit the dentist?
It would be ideal, if you could at least get your teeth cleaned quarterly by a professional dental hygienist and visit the dentist for a checkup every six months.
Your teeth will be thankful because of the regular service and you would take pleasure in heaving beautiful smile.