Dental cleanings involves removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested biofilm) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time and may develop even with careful brushing and flossing.
Dental scaling occurs with manual hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments or both. The dentist will start the procedure with a thorough examination of your mouth. Next an ultrasonic scaling device will be used to eliminate the plaque bacteria with sonic vibrations. The ultrasonic scaling device removes tartar (calculus), plaque and biofilm from the tooth surface and underneath the gum line. A manual instrument may be used next to remove the remainder.
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