Dental Calculus or tartar is a form of hardened dental plaque. Plaque is the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. Bacteria live in plaque and secrete acids that cause tooth decay and irritate gum tissue. The irritation causes an inflammatory reaction by your body that can eventually lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Calculus cannot be removed with a toothbrush-only a dental professorial can remove it during an oral cleaning.
Ill effects of calculus:
- Calculus has a devastating effect on tooth and gum health. Its deposition at the tooth gum junction leads to receding gum and gum disease. Dissolution of the underlying bone is the progressive form of calculus deposition, which can lead to tooth loss if not treated.
- Calculus also causes bad breath, as well as more serious conditions including cardiovascular health issues.
Removal of dental calculus by a dental professional is necessary as regular tooth brushing will not enable its removal. The dentist will use a wide range of tools to remove the calculus. These tools are designed to work with the shape of your teeth. Ultrasonic dental cleaning device is used to blast away large deposits of dental calculus. At Cosmodent India we use high quality piezo scaling tips which remove calculus in a pain free manner causing absolutely no damage to the teeth and resulting in the smoothest feel on the tooth surface.