Professional Teeth Cleaning: True or False PART I
A teeth cleaning by a professional is a well-known practice for maintaining good oral health. Today we are discussing some myths and truths regarding this treatment. A Professional Teeth Cleaning includes the following:
- Scaling – Removal of dental plaque and microbial biofilm from teeth.
- Root planning – Scaling of the tooth’s root below gum level.
- Teeth Polishing – Helps to prevent oral diseases. Note: Polishing does not remove calculus, but only some plaque and staining, and should therefore be done only in conjunction with scaling.
Tartar on teeth is only an aesthetic problem.NOT TRUE! Tartar creates a hard, rough layer on the tooth which is bad for several reasons:
- Tartar coats teeth in the areas close to the gums and therefor prevents the toothbrush, mouthwash and other cleaning measures from getting close to your teeth.
- Tartar covers the teeth and can make the diagnosis of diseases such as carries tricky to diagnose.
- The rough layer allows bacteria to stick to the tooth surface more easily and reproduce easily.
- Tartar in the gum area consists of bacteria and microbes that secrete toxins. These toxins can cause gingivitis, bad breath, bleeding, and also gingival recession – a serious hazard where gum and bone tissue are lost, the roots of teeth are exposed, eventually leading to tooth loss. The number one cause of tooth loss in people over 45 is gum disease!