Teeth are not always perfectly shaped so, whilst cleaning them, you do not always manage to reach into every nook and cranny. There always seems to be one spot that you overlook or that your brush just can’t quite get into. This spot is precisely where the bacteria that attacks your teeth can gather. Throughout the day, a sticky film full of bacteria called plaque builds up all over your teeth and turns into acid when it reacts with the sugary foods you eat.
Usually, it is removed fairly easily by brushing our teeth with a good toothpaste. However, what happens to those hard to reach spots that our brush cannot get to? In these places, the plaque continues to build up until it hardens into calculus or tartar. This is much, much harder to remove.
No matter how much you brush, there will always be some plaque that you can’t reach and you need your dentist to remove. So, if you are not visiting your dentist or hygienist regularly, this plaque will build up and cause you much more significant problems in the future. These problems can include tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
Simply put, dentists or dental hygienists are better equipped to remove plaque and stubborn calculus, as they have a number of tools at their disposal. Most people who have visited their dental practice for a scale and polish will probably be fairly familiar with them.
If you are not getting your teeth scaled and polished regularly, plaque will continue to build up. This will mean that your dentist or hygienist has to work harder to remove it and the scaling can become uncomfortable. If calculus is allowed to build up around your gums and the roots of your teeth, this can require much more in-depth cleaning. It can be particularly uncomfortable and may require an anaesthetic, especially if your gums are already sensitive or suffering from gum disease.
This summer at Dentalhouse, we are offering €75 dental exams with scale and polish appointments for all patients and Dental Hygiene appointments for all current patients with our Hygienist AnnMarie for only €50.
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