How Does Dental Calculus Form?
Dental calculus, also defined as teeth tartar, can occur due to insufficient oral care and wrong cleaning routine. Tartar formation is often encountered on the back teeth, which are generally neglected during tooth brushing. Often, disrupting the flossing routine and not brushing twice a day will mean that certain bacteria or micro bacterial nutrient residues accumulate on the tooth. Today we will examine the causes and damages of tartar formation that can concentrate on your gums and the upper part of your teeth.
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How Does Dental Calculus Form?
Tartar occurs as a result of the accumulation of micro bacterial nutrients on the gums and teeth. This accumulation increases over time and the structure of these bacteria, which come together with the saliva in the mouth, begins to harden. Recent research has shown that foods high in carbohydrates and sugar can reinforce tartar formation. General reasons can be listed as follows:
- Not brushing your teeth regularly,
- Failing to use dental floss frequently,
- Frequently consuming foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates,
- Skipping some tooth areas while brushing and forgetting to clean them.
What are the damages of dental calculus?
Dental calculus can cause numerous harm to your dental health. First of all, you may need a professional dental cleaning procedure in order to completely remove these structures, which harden due to saliva in the long term, from your teeth. If you do not apply to your doctor and have dental calculus cleaning, you may encounter the following problems:
- If you want to have a dental filling or a different medical procedure on your teeth, your gums will bleed continuously and therefore you will not be able to get enough efficiency from the procedure.
- You may encounter situations such as tooth decay. Because this situation occurs as a result of the interaction of micro bacterial residues accumulated around or on the teeth with the acids of new foods. The fact that you do not brush certain areas due to tartar will also support the formation of tooth decay.
- Food residues that are not cleaned can also cause bad breath over time. The presence of such food residues in the mouth creates problematic results.
Polishing is often applied to patients after dental calculus cleaning. Thanks to this process, if a smooth surface is desired on the tooth, this is easily achieved. In addition, since the polishing removes the roughness around the teeth, it can also provide a certain amount of whitening. However, both tartar cleaning and polishing processes can be harmful to dental health in some cases. The main purpose of dentists is that teeth can be cleaned, polished and, of course, protected without any damage. Therefore, highly sensitive tools with high technology should be used during tartar cleaning. It is necessary to pay attention not to scratch the teeth during this process. In addition, the tooth polishing process should be carried out using high-quality creams that fulfill this function and with a balanced pressure on the tooth. For the polishing process, special rotating head devices for polishing should be used.