Dental practice at 40 Harley Street, Central London
Regular dental hygiene visits (scale and polish) help keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile brighter. Scaling removes the hard tartar build-up which cannot be removed by brushing alone. Stains from tea, coffee, cigarettes or red wine are removed by careful polishing.
If you miss areas of plaque build-up around your teeth when cleaning or don’t attend regular dental hygienist visits, calculus or tartar (calcified deposits) forms on the teeth. This creates an ideal environment for more plaque formation and bacterial growth:
- Plaque and bacteria cause inflammation of the gums which can lead to gum disease.
- Calculus can form both above and below the gum line. Supragingival calculus (above the gum line) is the visible deposit that forms on the surface of the teeth. Subgingival calculus (below the gum line) forms in pockets between teeth and gums.
- Subgingival calculus (below the gum line) is more harmful as it facilitates plaque growth and can lead to the loss of the support structure of the teeth. In extreme cases, teeth can become loose.
Taking care of your oral hygiene by visiting your dentist and hygienist at regular intervals alongside a thorough home maintenance regime of daily brushing and flossing routine is extremely important. It will give you a greater chance of keeping your teeth into old age.