What is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. Bacteria in plaque produce acids and/or toxins. These acids can destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities. The toxins are responsible for the development of gum disease 

Everyone has dental plaque to some degree. If your teeth feel fuzzy when you run your tongue over them, that’s plaque

Untreated plaque can harden into tough-to-remove tartar. Plaque and tartar can also develop under the gums where it can cause gum disease (periodontal disease)

Proper oral hygiene including daily brushing, flossing, and cleaning between the teeth gets rid of plaque. You will need professional help to remove tartar (mineralised plaque)

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How do we remove plaque and tartar?

Advanced plaque removal requires the expertise of a dentist or a dental hygienist. This is necessary when plaque buildup becomes too severe for at-home methods to be effective in removing plaque. Dental plaque removal treatment will take place after your dentist examines your teeth, and determines the correct course of action to take in removing plaque.

Various instruments are used in the removal of plaque, depending on our diagnosis; We use the latest technology which include the use of special thin ultrasonic tips, lasers, powder polishers as well as special hand instruments. A combination of instruments and even local anesthetic gels are normally used to ensure that the procedure is as gentle as possible

When we treat gum disease (periodontal disease) we use local anesthetic to enable us to remove the resistant plaque and tartar from the root surface.


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