Oral hygiene treatments
Why is proper oral hygiene important?
The goal of dentists and dental hygienists is to achieve long-term healthy oral hygiene for patients, which greatly reduces the chances of developing oral diseases. Our first priority is to prevent the development of caries and tartar-induced gingivitis through our oral hygiene treatments.
What does a dental hygienist do?
Their main tasks are oral hygiene advice, teaching and monitoring proper oral care techniques, and removing tartar that has already formed. In addition, they also provide check-ups, with referral to a dentist.
Why does tartar form?
The primary cause of tartar formation is inadequate oral hygiene, the plaque left on the teeth is accumulated by minerals in saliva and forms tartar, which occurs mainly at the outlets of the large salivary glands. The surface of the tartar is rough, which makes it much easier for the plaque to adhere to it, leading to the continued growth of tartar.
Why is removal important?
The plaque on the surface of the tartar contains bacterial communities that keep the gum constantly inflamed and as the process progresses, the inflammation slowly reaches the supporting structure of the tooth, which begins to die and degrade. This condition is called periodontal disease. For a long time, periodontal disease has no symptoms other than bleeding gums, and patients often see the dentist only when the supporting structure of the teeth has deteriorated to the point where they can no longer move. This process is irreversible at this stage!
This is why it is important to have a dental scaling every six months to stop this process in time.