Gum disease is often caused by a build up of plaque bacteria on the teeth and gums, the best way to remove this is by twice daily tooth brushing. But no matter how well you clean your teeth there will always be hard to reach areas that are tricky to keep clean. In these areas, plaque bacteria can accumulate and may eventually mineralise to form a tough, crusty deposit called calculus or tartar, which is impossible to remove by brushing alone. If not removed, more plaque can build up around the tooth and potentially under the gum line, leading to the progression of gum disease.
To reduce the risk of gum disease or to help stop it from becoming more serious, Dr. Sharad Kumar M.D.S.(ORTHO)recommend that you have a professional cleaning and polishing , called a scaling and polishing, to get your teeth properly clean.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SCALING AND POLISHING?
The first ‘scrape’ stage removes the deposits of plaque and tartar. Often an ultrasound scraper is used first to get rid of the bulk of the tartar, followed by specialised hand held instruments to scrape away any stubborn remains.
The next step is to ‘polish’ the teeth to make the surface really smooth. While polishing removes stains leaving teeth bright and shiny, it is not just a cosmetic procedure. It also smoothes away minor imperfections and patches of rough texture on the teeth to protect against further plaque build up.
Dr. Sharad Kumar M.D.S.(ORTHO) will advise you how often you should have a scale and polish. It’s important to remember that professional cleaning is an addition to a good daily oral health routine, and should never replace twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.
To access the best, most comprehensive oral health care, partner with the team at Smile Please Dental Clinic, book an appointment with Dr. Sharad Kumar M.D.S.(ORTHO) . To learn more, call 9821662442 / 9930185453 or VISIT