Keeping the oral cavity clean and healthy is just as important as maintaining a beautiful smile. But, microbes tend to get accumulated on the surface of the teeth and tooth roots, thereby leaving a brownish or yellowish layer on the teeth. This is called plaque. When plaque isn't removed at regular intervals and left to stay on the teeth for a long time, it turns into a dark, sticky substance called tartar or calculus.
How harmful is tartar?
Tartar is full of harmful microbes that have the potential to upset one's oral health to a massive extent. They feed on the food debris left in the mouth and release certain acids in the process. These acids can erode the enamel and cause cavities, which if left untreated for a long time can advance to the deeper layers of the teeth. The acids can infect the tissues of the gums and cause gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
What is the solution?
It's a simple one - getting rid of the tartar deposits. We do this by procedures called scaling and root planing, which are used to remove the tartar deposits from the teeth and roots, respectively. For this, we use a hand-held ultrasonic scaling device. It has a scaling tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies and dislodges the tartar deposits. A jet of water will be used to wash away the tartar from the teeth surfaces. This leaves the teeth looking whiter and the mouth healthier.
Root planing is a procedure that is performed on the tooth roots. A hook-like scaling tip will be inserted in between the tooth root and the gums to remove tartar deposits. The tip will also be used to smoothen out the rough root surfaces to prevent the microbes from getting accumulated on them.
Importance of deep cleaning
A deep cleaning helps to restore a person’s oral health back to normal. Since a majority of the harmful bacteria are removed from the surface of the teeth, the chances of developing cavities and gum diseases will be reduced considerably. Also, the patient will have fresher breath for longer. Since the root surfaces and gum pockets are cleaned, it would ensure better gum health and also reduce the accumulation of tartar and food debris on the root surfaces.
Call us at (850) 763 4545 or schedule an online appointment with Arzu Esroy, D.M.D. and we’ll be able to guide you further.