Not a day goes by that our mouths aren’t full of sugary, sticky food. Bacteria from that food causes a biofilm called plaque. If not removed from the teeth, that plaque can harden into dental calculus (also called tartar). Calculus builds up between your teeth and gums, and can cause gums to become inflamed or infected. This can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to other medical issues, including diabetes, dementia, and heart disease.
Even though regular flossing and brushing is able to get rid of plaque, once it solidifies into calculus, the material is too tough to be scraped off with floss or a toothbrush – that’s where our Dentists can help.
While most people only need regular cleanings. Some people have more calculus built up that may also affected their gums and bone health that they need extra care. This additional buildup could be due to age, hereditary factors, or poor oral hygiene. If your dentist recommends deep cleaning, it’s very important to follow through, you might have signs of gum disease. A deep cleaning will remove calculus from above and below your gum line, and get rid of rough places where bacteria collects.