How Do Dentists Clean Tartar Build Up?

Plaque buildup is a common dental concern that many people can fall victim to very easily. Any dental hygienist will tell you that it is important to visit a dentist regularly for routine teeth cleanings. In the video below, dental hygienist Whitney walks us through the process of deep cleaning tartar buildup.

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Dentists like to refer to tartar buildup as a calculus bridge. Tartar is hardened plaque that has developed to such a point that it must be removed professionally by a dentist. Attempting to remove tartar buildup at home can be very unsafe and lead to further complications. A scaler is a device used to remove tartar and plaque from the tooth surface. One scaler option is called an ultrasonic scaler, which pairs high pressurized water and ultrasonic vibrations to perform the task. It's very gentle on the teeth and does well for clearing tight crevices around the teeth. For the most thorough cleaning, it's standard to use both scalers and regular hand instruments like scrapers. If you're wondering how tartar appears, it's just what you would assume: poor dental hygiene. Proper brushing techniques and flossing are necessary to avoid tartar buildup. Make sure to be proactive about dental care and routine teeth cleanings from your dentist. .