Plaque is a film of bacteria that collects on teeth throughout the day. If plaque is not regularly brushed and flossed away, it can harden and become tartar, also known as calculus. Tartar cannot be brushed off of the teeth using a toothbrush. The best way to remove calcified plaque is to visit the dentists at Smith & Stahr, P.S.C. for regular cleanings twice a year. Left untreated, tartar build-up may result in gingivitis and the development of periodontal disease.
During your dental cleaning, a hygienist may utilize an ultrasonic scaler to remove the harmful tartar that collects on the teeth over time. This tool uses ultrasonic vibrations, or sound waves, to blast the tartar off of the surfaces of the teeth. It also uses water to wash away debris. An ultrasonic scaler is a powerful and effective tool that shortens appointment time and is a great option for removing large areas of tartar. Call Drs. Smith, Stahr, and Smith if you want to learn more about our ultrasonic scalers in Lexington, Kentucky.