Teeth cleaning by a dental professional is a procedure where they remove tartar with special dental instruments. Even if you use a proper brushing technique, use a good brush, and floss regularly, you may still develop calculus.
Calculus is also called dental tartar. Most of the time, the build-up of plaque happens near the gum margin. Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that you may find on your teeth.
Plaque contains various types of bugs or bacteria and is a growing medium for germs.
Once tartar is formed, a regular toothbrush and brushing can’t remove it. You must see a dentist or a hygienist to remove it. If we don’t remover the build-up, it can lead to gum disease.
Teeth cleaning by dentist or scaling
Professional teeth cleaning by a dentist is the most effective way to remove tartar build-up near the gum margin. If we do not remove tartar build-up or calculus, it can lead to gum disease. Our dentist can professionally clean your teeth.
Depending on your oral hygiene and condition of the teeth, our dentist will discuss ways you can improve your smile and oral health. This includes suggestions to change your diet, brushing technique and type of toothpaste you use.
For example, avoiding acidic food, acidic drinks and drinks with high sugar content. If you have calculus or plaque around the teeth, Dr Turk and Dr Mohan may also discuss brushing and flossing methods with you.
How often should I see a dentist for a clean?
We recommend you see the dental professional every six months for your check-up and dental clean.
By seeing a dental professional for a regular dental cleaning, you can prevent receding gums and gum disease.
Newly formed calculus is softer and easy to remove. Therefore the dentist has to apply less pressure to the teeth to remove it.
It is important to get your teeth cleaned regularly as tartar will be softer, easy to remove and less sensitive. Gum recession is a permanent loss, early detection and prevention are very important.
If you leave tartar for a long time, it will become darker in colour near the gum margin and will become very hard. The dentist or the dental hygienist will need to scrape the build-up with pressure to remove the tartar. While they do the scaling, the teeth may become very sensitive and this may be either temporary or permanent.
If we detect any early signs of gum problems, we will take you through the treatment options including options for preventing periodontitis and a cure for gum disease.