WHAT IS A PLAQUE? - COSMETIC DENTISTRY
Dental plaque is a bacterial coating which is constantly forming on your teeth. If left unattended, plaque can lead to a number of dental problems such as tartar, gum disease and tooth decay.
HOW DOES THE DENTIST REMOVE PLAQUE? - COSMETIC DENTISTRY
Your dentist can remove plaque and tartar by regular or deep cleaning methods. The amount of plaque and tartar build-up determines which method to be applied.
Regular cleaning generally involves scaling and polishing. These methods help remove plaque, tartar, and stains from the exposed areas of teeth. The scaling process scrapes away any bacterial plaque and tartar from the tooth, and is performed on the part of the tooth that is exposed above the gum line.
Deep cleaning is a periodontal procedure method that combines scaling and root planning. You can find out more at the Periodontal Treatment.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST? - COSMETIC DENTISTRY
You can reduce plaque build-up and the formation of tartar by:
- Regular brushing and flossing
- Visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleaning
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Refraining from smoking