Plaque and tartar not only look unsightly, they also damage the teeth. Because the bacteria in it cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. Thorough teeth cleaning removes these deposits.
Just one day without a toothbrush is enough to create a whitish-yellow film in the mouth, which is particularly deposited on the gumline. It consists of leftovers and millions of microorganisms that feast on the leftovers. If this process is not interrupted by brushing your teeth, minerals from the saliva mix in and the mass harden to tartar. Coffee, black tea, or tobacco smoke can also color the deposits brownish – which then becomes even more unsightly. But plaque and tartar are not only unsightly, they also have other consequences:
- Bad breath
- Inflammation of the gums and periodontal disease
With all thoroughness: all deposits are difficult to remove. Some places can hardly be reached with a brush or floss. These include the wisdom and molars and gum pockets and parts of the spaces between the teeth. Therefore, plaque can accumulate there and harden into tartar over time.
After the treatment, the teeth shine like new
Experts, therefore, advise having your teeth cleaned by a professional once or twice a year: All dentists now offer what is known as professional tooth cleaning. Doctors often leave the cleaning to specially trained staff, known as prophylaxis assistants or dental hygienists.
In the first conversation, the dental hygienist asks questions about cleaning behavior and gives tips on oral hygiene at home. She then explains the individual cleaning steps, examines the mouth, gums, and teeth and, if necessary, uses a measuring device to probe the depth of the gum pockets.
Then the cleaning begins. Which tools the specialist works with depends on the condition of the teeth and the instruments available to them. Ultrasound machines loosen the tartar and blast it off. Mini sandblasters or polishing pastes remove paint residues from coffee, tea, or tobacco. The dental hygienist cleans the gingival pockets with special scrapers – curettes or scalers. She removes soft deposits with brushes or dental floss.
The teeth are then polished. The dental hygienist uses rubber attachments or polishing pastes and brushes for this. Finally, she smears the teeth with fluoride gel to strengthen the tooth enamel.
Five times as expensive as a car wash
The statutory health insurance companies do not cover the costs of professional teeth cleaning. Everyone has to pay for it himself. The doctor charges around 80 to 120 euros for this. That depends, among other things, on how much work the teeth do. In addition, not every dentist offers the same services. Therefore, ask beforehand what exactly you are getting for your money.
The health insurances only finance the removal of the hard, visible tartar once a year. If you pay yourself, you also get your teeth freed from soft plaque and polished to a high gloss.