Despite our best efforts, brushing twice a day does not remove all the plaque in our mouths, plaque that remains in the mouth will eventually harden and form calculus or tartar. This can cause staining, haletosis (bad breath) and bone loss. Manual tooth brushing will not be able to remove this tartar and it must be removed by the dentist only.
How is this done?
This is done by the dentist with a high frequency vibration scalar that ultrasonically removes the tartar from the tooth surface. This can also be done by hand, for those with very sensitive teeth and gums. The teeth are given a polish with an abrasive paste to make them smooth and to prevent plaque from adhering to the teeth.
What happens if I do not get a regular cleaning done?
The results of not having regular cleanings done will not be immediately apparent, but if tartar is left on the teeth, it thickens over time, becomes a bacteria trap and starts causing gum disease.
Gum disease symptoms include:
1. Sore and bleeding gums
2. Halitosis (bad breath)
3. Metallic taste in the mouth
4. General sore mouth
5. Inflamed gums
6. Loose or mobile teeth.