Why is dental scaling important?
Oral hygiene affects the total body health. Our eating and drinking habits and daily oral hygiene are very important.
A study in the United States shows that the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at older ages decreases in individuals, who care for oral and dental health and brush teeth regularly.
How does tartar occur?
A bacterial plaque or dental mass or biofilm of bacteria is a colorless formation that is caused by accumulation of foods and bacteria on the surface of the tooth. If the tooth is not brushed after meal, dental plaque starts forming 4-6 hours after meal. If we do not brush teeth properly, the dental plaque transforms into tartar over time. Tartar is a hard formation. The deposition on the surface of the tooth will increase over time and compromise the gingival health. The gum becomes inflamed.
The tartar particularly forms on the inner or lingual surface of the lower incisor teeth. This area is difficult to clean and mostly ignored.
When the tartar remains on the tooth surface for a long time, it affects the health of all gums, causing serious problems that can progress to tooth decay, inflammation and loss of bone.
How are the teeth scaled?
Once the tartar forms and adheres to the surface of the tooth, it can only be removed by a dentist. This procedure is called dental scaling. Dental scaling can be repeated twice a year in your routine dental visits.
Does dental scaling damage the teeth?
No, it does not damage the teeth. The devices do not cause any damage to the tooth surface.
What is curettage?
Inadequate oral hygiene may cause exposure of the root, also called gingival recession, and thinning of jaw bones in some regions or in all teeth as well as the formation of tartar. Since dental scaling alone will not help this case, “curettage”, a deeper cleaning process, is performed to clean the surfaces of the root.
How is formation of tartar prevented?
The use of dental floss, mouthwash and gargling along with brushing the teeth properly and for a sufficient amount of time twice a day will help to achieve optimal cleaning and prevention of tartar.