November 23rd, 2012
Your teeth can be attacked by many things during your life in central London and one of the most fervent is plaque- it’s the thing that we all try to avoid when going about our daily oral hygiene. But it is a persistent thing and we only have to drop our guard for a day or two, and it’s crept in the back door. Once this demon has got a hold, it soon starts to form tartar and calculus around the base of the teeth. This is like cement when it sets in and will take a lot of work to remove. Your dentist will pick up on this and get to work on it straight away, which rather endorses the fact that you should keep up with your bi-annual visits. If this calculus is allowed to fester, it will start to choke the gums with will rapidly develop into gum disease and then tooth decay and then….you’ll lose your teeth. Aside from having your dentist on your side, you can buy your own dental kit and keep the problem in check, but there are some fabulous toothpaste’s on the market that can get to reduce the risk of this happening. And lets not forget some amazing electric pulse brushes that are designed to bust calculus.
February 6th, 2012
Dental calculus is another word for what most people might refer to as tartar. It’s a form of hardened dental plaque which results from the build-up of minerals from plaque and saliva on your teeth.
To prevent plaque developing into tartar, it’s best to brush your teeth twice daily and floss a few times a week. If tartar, or dental calculus, is allowed to remain on the teeth, it can cause chronic infection and inflammation, both of which are painful and damaging to your dental health. It’s also one of the leading causes of tooth decay, which can lead to tooth-aches and, potentially, tooth removal. Tartar that develops above the gum line can also lead to serious cases of gum disease.
The only way to remove dental calculus from your teeth is to see your dentist about treatment. Your dentist will clean your teeth through a method known as a scale and polish, which will remove built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth. In more serious cases, your dentist may employ an ultrasonic cleaning device to clear away large amounts of calculus build-up.
Having your teeth cleared of plaque and calculus will not only prevent the destructive effects of these damaging bacteria, but will also make it harder for plaque and calculus to accumulate again. The rough surface of dental calculus is the ideal environment for the formation of further bacteria, meaning that without treatment, you can quickly be caught up in a downward spiral.
Even while maintaining good oral hygiene, having your teeth cleaned professionally on a semi-regular basis will help you to keep damaging bacteria at bay. Ask your City of London dentist for more advice and information about dental calculus on your next check-up.
January 23rd, 2010
The terms scaling and polishing can sound scary especially when you know it’s happening at the dentist. In a recent survey, over 90 per cent of people in Britain admitted to having some fear of the dentist. The reality is however, that scaling and polishing are relatively painless procedures and could prevent years of dental health problems in the future that really will be painful.
Scaling is the process of using hand tools to remove built up plaque that has hardened into tartar and calculus. This usually takes place near the gum line and on the back-side of teeth which are areas often overlooked during tooth brushing. The procedure can hardly be called a pleasant one, but it should not involve any pain if performed correctly by a Central London dentist. For many patients it is the noise and sensation that are slightly unpleasant rather than any feeling of pain. However scaling is one of the most important procedures in dental hygiene and can prevent cavities even at a late stage of plaque build up.
Polishing is the process of using an electronic, rubber-tipped tool to polish teeth once all cleaning work has been done. This is a painless procedure and only involves some mild tickling sensations. Polishing and scaling can leave your teeth feeling extremely clean and fresh. It prevents discolouration and cavities occurring to damage the appearance of your teeth and makes your teeth look cleaner, whiter and healthier.
September 21st, 2009
Dental calculus is more often referred to as tartar and is a hardened deposit of plaque found around the teeth and gums. Plaque is a filmy layer of bacteria that attacks tooth enamel and causes cavities and gum disease. Plaque can be kept at bay and removed by brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day, but once it has hardened into tartar or calculus it will need to be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Once the bacteria and mineral deposits in plaque have hardened they can often cause more bacteria to stick to the teeth causing more problems. The first sign that you may be suffering from calculus is yellow or brown stains appearing on the teeth. It is a very porous material and attracts staining materials, especially from substances like tobacco smoke and coffee. If left untreated it can lead to cavities, periodontal disease and can infect the tissue around the teeth leading to gum disease (also known as gingivitis).
A City of London dentist will be able to remove the build up of calculus using special tools, and may be able to blast away large deposits of tartar using ultrasonic dental cleaning devices. They are also able to clean below the gum line using a process called scaling (sometimes known as root planning) which can help prevent gum disease.
As is always the case when it comes to looking after your teeth, if you follow some fairly simple rules you’ll be able to keep dental calculus under control and stop it causing any long-term damage to your teeth. Firstly, brush and floss every day, avoid sugary food and snacking between meals and go for regular dental check-ups with a city of London dentist every six months at least.
September 11th, 2008
In London, your dentist will properly care for your dental needs to prevent calculus from forming on your teeth. Some dental plaques mature into dental calculus. Some people do not form calculus, others form only moderate amounts, and still others form heavy amounts. Before supragingival plaque (above the gums) mineralizes to form dental calculus, you can remove it with proper oral hygiene. As the plaque matures, it becomes more resistant to removal with a toothbrush, and significantly more pressure is required for its removal. Once dental calculus is formed, your London dentist, using professional instrumentation needs to remove it; you can no longer remove it.Calculus itself is not harmful; however calculus needs to be removed because its presence makes routine oral hygiene more difficult or even impossible and it may contribute to greater plaque accumulation and stagnation. Calculus formation is related to the fact that saliva is saturated with calcium and phosphate ions as well as other ions, such as magnesium, zinc, fluoride, and carbonate. Supragingival calculus that forms on the tooth crown frequently developing opposite the duct orifices (openings) of the major salivary glands and is often found where saliva pools on the lingual surfaces of the mandibular incisors. It can also form in the grooves of the tooth (called fissures). Subgingival calculus forms from calcium phosphate and organic materials derived from blood serum which contributes to its mineralization, and may be darker in appearance.
Local factors, behavioral and systemic conditions affect calculus formation. Conversely, medications such as beta-blockers, diuretics, and anticholinergics can result in significant reduced levels of calculus. The medications are either excreted directly into the saliva affecting the rate of crystallization, or they alter the composition of the saliva, and as a result indirectly affected calculus formation.
August 29th, 2008
Ultrasonic dental cleanings is one of the most effective and instant ways of cleaning teeth. It is a more advanced form of scaling and stain removal. All through the ultrasonic cleaning, the dentist utilizes an apparatus called an ultrasonic scaler or Cavitron®. The Cavitron® disseminates ultrasonic vibrations in the mouth cavity which results in a blow up of tartar and calculus. It emits sound waves that act upon the obstinate calculus so that it splits away from your teeth.
In London Chlorhexidine antiseptic is used in Ultrasonic dental cleanings. The ultrasonic cleaners do not entirely purge the requirement to utilize regular scalers, nevertheless they definitely lessen their service. In case you have a periodontal disease or stained teeth, then ultrasonic cleaning is the finest approach for a good oral hygiene.
With the advent of time, the bacteria make colonies on your teeth and settle there while developing solid sediments of scale. This may perhaps lead to tooth decay if not acted upon appropriately.
In case your gums are bleeding then surely plaque or calculus is the cause behind it. The bacteria present in your mouth cavity will inflame the tissues and your gingival will carry on losing blood. The process will not stop unless you remove the fragments or stain established over your teeth.
There are scores of places in between the teeth which are not accessible by plain scaling. Here the bacteria assail the adjacent gums and the bone tissues; even leading to a tooth loss. Ultrasonic cleaning is exercised to remove calculus from below the gums.