What you need to know about cleaning tartar?
Calculus cleaning is a specific procedure that combines both aesthetic and healing purposes. As a curative therapy, in most cases this procedure is preventive. On the other hand, for many patients, tartar removal is particularly important for dealing with specific oral health problems that affect the gums, such as periodontitis. In order to achieve its intended effects, the cleaning of tartar must be performed by a specialist - a dentist - and with the necessary set of professional equipment and modern systems. Any means of "folk medicine" can either worsen the condition or cause new problems for patients.
What is tartar?
To understand why it is important to clean it regularly, you first need to understand what exactly tartar is. Its appearance begins with the formation of dental plaque. Plaque forms as we eat, and more specifically, by interacting with the bacteria that we "have" in our mouths anyway. The largest amount of dental plaque is formed from the following foods: pasta, confectionery and confectionery, legumes. When the plaque stays in the mouth for two to three hours, it begins to harden from its interaction with the mineral salts contained in human saliva. In practice, plaque and later tartar form after each meal. That is why it is important to brush your teeth immediately after each meal.
Why is tartar dangerous?
Tartar creates a rough surface on the teeth, which makes it easier to retain new plaque. Plaque-forming bacteria release acids and toxins that inflame the gums and melt the underlying bone. Since its formation is not a natural physiological process, it poses serious risks if it is not removed regularly. Calculus cleaning is important mainly to protect the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. With a serious accumulation of tartar and not cleaning it for a year or more, there is a risk of gingivitis, as well as the development of periodontitis, which we have already talked about and which can lead to the loss of whole teeth. Accumulated tartar is a prerequisite for caries, and in some more serious cases to the complete destruction of the tooth. Less dangerous, but still unpleasant effects of tartar are bad breath and poor appearance of teeth.
Prevention of the negative effect of tartar
Caries and gum problems are diseases of civilization. Our teeth and gums are designed for chewing raw fruits, vegetables and meat, and are not adapted to pasta and cooked foods. If we want to take advantage of civilization and at the same time maintain our health, we must follow certain rules. What you can do in the first place is to follow the standard prescriptions for good oral hygiene - brushing your teeth with a brush and toothpaste three times a day, immediately after meals, using mouthwash and floss. Avoid frequent consumption of pasta and sweets. The most important thing, however, is a regular visit to the dentist for professional teeth cleaning. Experts believe that this should happen at least once every six months.
Cleaning tartar in the dental office - what to expect?
First of all, we will note that the notion of the harm of frequent tartar cleaning is a total myth. In fact, if necessary and in case of gum problems, you can easily undergo the procedure once every three months. Cleaning tartar does not damage the oral cavity, its modern methods are often minimally painful and uncomfortable, and also 100% gentle on the integrity of teeth and tooth enamel.
The complex procedure for cleaning tartar is the best option for dealing with its deposits in the mouth, respectively with its side effects. Some specialists rely only on ultrasound. However, this approach does not achieve the same effect as the combination of mechanical cleaning with erasers, ultrasound and the use of modern systems such as Air Flow. The latter is an innovation in modern dentistry. With Air Flow the teeth are polished and cleaned to perfection even in the most difficult places, such as between the tooth contacts and under the gums.
The procedure for cleaning tartar is relatively painless. Mild itching and tingling may be felt. The discomfort is tolerable and disappears immediately after the procedure. The procedure itself lasts no more than 1 hour. However, its effect is worth every minute spent in the dentist's chair.
Contact Dr. Valev for a consultation or directly make an appointment for cleaning tartar at DENTAL CLINIC ALEKSANDAR VALEV!