Prof. Dr. Birkan Taha Özkan - Dental Specialist

Dental Plaque Removal

How Dental plaque forms?

Dental plaque occurs when the food particles and an ion from the saliva chemically bonds and calcifies in the gaps between and behind the teeth. Dental plaques are the breeding ground for bacteria that would feed from food particles and cause tooth decay and cavities. Certain ions contained in saliva contributes to this process.

Clearing away dental plaques also reduces risks of cavities and alleviates dental sensitivity.

Harmful effects of Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque mostly forms behind the upper and lower frontal teeth, which is also one of the hardest places to clear, hence increased risk of dental plaque accumulation. If not treated in time, dental plaque causes swelling and receding of gum tissue, as well as causing oversensitivity in teeth, cavity formations, bad breath and yellow coloration.

Is there any harm in Dental Plaque removal?

Dental plaque removal is a completely harmless and relatively easy procedure, is quite important for dental health and strongly recommended by dental specialists. Patients feel no pain during the cleaning process. Dental plaque is removed without touching the teeth or gum tissue. While your dental plaque is cleaned away without damaging the teeth, the dental specialist will also use certain whitening agents to polish your teeth. While certain sensitive patients may feel something, this process is considered as painless.

Dental Plaque removal methods

Dental plaque is removed by special tools using water and vibrations. While the periods may differ between patients, it is recommended to be done once every 6 months. Periodic cleaning sessions, as recommended by dental specialists, mostly prevents cavity formations and development of over-sensitivity in teeth and also stops dental plaque formation.

A session lasts less then 30mins, with all the teeth cleared of dental plaque formations. Some dental sensitivity may develop after a session, but this would be temporary, and would pass in about a week.

Following a cleaning session, the patient would have much healthier gums, with decreased risk of cavity formation and a brilliant smile.