When plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, you risk getting cavities or developing gum disease. Poor oral hygiene can lead to harmful bacteria and plaque accumulation on your teeth. Over time, plaque can harden into tartar, aka calculus. Diligent brushing and flossing can prevent plaque build-up; once it’s hardened into calculus, it can only be removed by your local dentist. Dr. Bella Hanono from Bella Hanono Family Dentistry is your professional dental calculus removal in Alpharetta, Georgia, and surrounding communities.
Calculus is bacterial plaque accumulated and hardened on your teeth over time. Unlike ordinary plaque that can be removed by brushing and flossing, calculus is so strongly attached to your teeth that brushing is ineffective. The longer calculus remains on your teeth, the more damage it can cause to your gums and teeth. Calculus build-up puts you at risk of:
Supragingival calculus is tartar build-up that’s visible above the gumline. Subgingival calculus is tartar build-up under the gumline, making it harder to clean. Professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove calculus from your teeth completely.
Your Alpharetta dentist uses special hand-held tools and ultrasonic scaling equipment to remove calculus from your teeth. Supragingival calculus can be removed through conventional dental cleanings. Bi-annual cleanings will rid your mouth of plaque and calculus build-up and leave your teeth fresh and clean.
For subgingival calculus, that’s build-up that occurs under your gum line, Dr. Hanono may recommend deep cleaning, i.e., scaling and root planing. Scaling removes calculus build-up beneath the gumline. Root planing smooths the surfaces of your tooth roots to make it difficult for plaque to adhere to your teeth again. Deep cleaning helps eliminate bacterial pockets around your gum line, giving your gums a chance to heal.
To schedule a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, contact Dr. Bella Hanono in Alpharetta, GA, at (770) 343-4052.