What is profilaxy?
Tartar is a problem that affects us all, even it brushing is done corectly. It is the main factor of bad breath and the occurance of periodontal disease.
To our healthy patients, we recomend periodic checks and plaque removal sessions (every 6 months). They can be performed using ultrasounds, air flow (device which directs a flow made of air, water and baking soda on the surface of the teeth) and profesional brushing. For the hygienization of implants and prosthetic restorative pieces, the practice has special plaque removal devices.
Tartar develops with time, because the salts in the saliva mineralize the plaque. It can adhere to any hard surface inside the oral cavity (teeth, fillings, bridges, implants, braces).
Aside from affecting the appearance of teeth, it is one of the causes of periodontal disease. It can cause gum inflammation or the resorption of the bone which supports the teeth, and, in the worst case scenario, the teeth can fall.
It is very important to know that, once it has developed, it cannot be removed at home through brushing. You will need to come to the dental practice and have a professional brushing.
The role of tartar removal is to clean the tartar and leave a smooth surface which will delay the appearance of plaque.
General rules, applicable to any type of brushing:
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