There are plenty of reasons why people hide their smiles. Maybe they’re embarrassed of their crooked or missing teeth or they feel like their teeth aren’t white enough. For many, however, calculus buildup can make it hard to smile.
Calculus, also known as tartar, occurs when plaque buildup hardens (a.k.a. calcifies) on the teeth. This typically occurs within 2 to 3 days of consuming food. More plaque and calculus can eventually add up to more cavities or even periodontal disease, so removing calculus is vital to your oral health.
When it comes to calculus, there are two different types: supragingival and subgingival. Supragingival calculus forms above the gum line and tends to be yellow or tan in color. It is also typically visible on your teeth’s surface. Subgingival calculus, on the other hand, forms below the gum line in the crevices between your teeth and gum lines. This type of calculus isn’t usually visible to the naked eye unless gum recession has occurred, and then it is usually brown or black in color.
If you have calculus, it’s important to see Dr. Foley. We will remove it through a process called debridement, which employs a hand-held instrument or an ultrasonic device that incorporates high-frequency vibrations and water to remove the tartar. Removing the calculus is crucial to help prevent several health issues, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, endocarditis, and more.
Did you know that you can help prevent calculus buildup at home? Dr. Foley recommends using toothpaste like Colgate Total when you brush your teeth every day. This toothpaste can help prevent tartar buildup, remove stains, and help prevent the need for any calculus removal procedures. Brushing your teeth with this toothpaste will last you until you see Dr. Foley for your biannual checkup.
Need to make an appointment? Request one with Foley Dental Group by calling (618) 288-9670 or by visiting www.foleydentalgroup.com!