The reason we visit the dentist bi-annually for a professional teeth cleaning is because plaque develops on our teeth daily. Plaque consists of harmful oral bacteria, saliva, acids created by the oral bacteria, and leftover sugars and food debris from foods and beverages. This mixture, when left on your teeth, causes tooth decay. That is also why we brush twice daily and floss once a day. In under 24 hours, if the plaque is not removed, decay can begin. Also, if the plaque is not removed it can calcify into tartar.
What Happens When Plaque Calcifies Into Tartar?
When plaque calcifies into tartar it can no longer be removed by simply brushing and flossing. Tartar is a cement-like substance that can only be removed via a professional cleaning with professional tools. When the tartar begins to travel under your gumline, it can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. When this happens, you will need an ultrasonic scaling.
An ultrasonic scaler is a handheld device that looks like a manual scaler but the tip vibrates and releases liquid. This vibration makes it easier to remove calcified plaque, while the liquid washes it away while keeping the area moist and cool. The liquid can also include an antibacterial wash.
Benefits of Ultrasonic Scaling
Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss. Therefore, there are many benefits associated with ultrasonic scaling, including:
- It is faster and more effective than manual methods.
- It provides reduced discomfort compared to manual methods.
- It helps prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
- It helps eliminate the need for more complex treatments.
- It can help restore your oral health and beautiful smile.