Plaque is soft, sticky and usually a creamy-white colour and is made up of bacteria, their by-products and food. If left alone, these bacteria release toxins which irritate gums and can cause tooth decay. Your daily hygiene routine will remove most plaque, but a regular professional scale and clean is needed to remove the calcified bacteria that is unable to be removed without the correct professional cleaning equipment.
Tartar is a hard, calcified build-up which can’t be removed with regular brushing and flossing. It is caused by small amounts of plaque left on your teeth which saliva sticks to. Then the minerals in the saliva build up and harden over a period of time which we call Tartar. This requires professional cleaning called “scaling”. Leaving tartar on your teeth can cause decay and periodontal gum disease.
Staining is a discoloration of teeth after contact with tea, coffee, red wine, cigarette smoke, etc. A professional scale and clean will remove staining as well as keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
We recommend a professional scale and clean every 6 months by our dentist at Nerang Mall.