Even if you can clean your teeth daily with brushes, toothpaste and floss, you still need to clean your teeth with specialized tools by your GP every 6 months. That’s because conventional brushing and flossing still don’t completely clear the plaque and calculus that has latched onto around the teeth, which causes many dental pathologies. So what is dental calculus? EDEN Dentistry will help you answer this question right away.\n\nActual photo at EDEN dentistry.\nWhat is tooth calculus?\n\nTooth calculus is a layer of calcium buildup, which can be visualized as it is similar to the residue that usually accumulates in metal water pipes or kettles.\n\nMost calculus teeth will be almost the same color as teeth so it is not noticeable, but there are also cases of brown or black, especially in smokers. If long-term tooth calcification is not removed, it becomes an ideal place for bacteria to grow and cause disease.\n\nWhat is plaque?\n\nPlaque is 1 soft film, adheres to the teeth and contains a lot of bacteria. Plaque is a prerequisite for calcium accumulation and the creation of tooth lime.\n\nDental calculus interferes with normal oral hygiene such as brushes and floss, which adds plaque and leads to gingivitis.\n\nMany people mistakenly believe that shaving calculus is shaving enamel. In essence, tooth enamel is the component that makes up the tooth, which is the outermost layer of the tooth, the inner layer is the dentin and the tooth marrow. Tooth calculus is just 1 layer of residue that accumulates from saliva on the background of food plaque on the surface of tooth enamel, which thickens over time and gets harder.\n\nDental calculus is a long-term accumulation of dental plaque around the teeth\nWhere is the calculus of teeth or adhesion?\n\nDental calcifications are usually of 2 types:; on the gums and under the gums.\n\nCalcified teeth on the gums: easily visible to the naked eye, have a light yellow or light brown to dark brown color.\nCalculus under the gums: usually recognized when the doctor examines the gum slit area with specialized tools, located deep below the gums, difficult to see with the eyes. It is the main cause of gum and periodontal diseases.\n\nDental lime is easy to find on the inside of the lower incisors and the outer surface of the teeth of the upper jaw, which are places where there are holes in the salivary gland duct system.\n\nCalming teeth for a long time. Actual photo at EDEN dentistry\nHarmful effects of tooth calculus and plaque\n\nIf the calculus is not removed for a long time, it becomes an ideal place for bacteria to grow.\n\nDental calculus interferes with normal oral hygiene such as brushes and floss, which adds plaque and leads to gingivitis.\n\nInflamed gums have a red swollen surface, which is prone to bleeding when you brush your teeth. This makes it difficult to eat and lose aesthetics when communicating.\nBad breath is also one of the consequences caused by bacteria on tooth lime that decompose food debris left in the oral environment.\nAt a severe level, if the tooth calculus accumulates for a long time, the backlog is increasing, it can cause severe gingivitis diseases that progress to periodontitis, leading to gum drops, bone loss around the teeth causing large number of wobbly teeth…\nHow does tooth calculus scraping work?\nTooth calculus scraping with an ultrasonic vibrating head is very gentle and does not damage the tooth surface\n\nThe lime scraping process includes the following main techniques:\n\n- Calculus scraping: is the process of removing layers of lime and plaque on the teeth that adhere to the teeth with suitable tools such as ultrasonic vibrating hands, hand kits,…\n\n- Polishing teeth: done after lime scraping is completed to make the tooth surface more aesthetically pleasing and smooth. Often with tools such as machine polishing brushes, polishing powders, sandblasters can be added for professional cleaning of adhesions.\n\n- Root treatment \/ Root cleansing: with cases of excessive tooth calculus, especially sub-gum calculus and often in patients with chronic periodontitis, tooth calculus is not enough to clean all around the root of the tooth. At this time it is prescribed by the doctor to be treated with specialized tools for periodontitis.\n\nIf the only treatment necessary for you is shaving lime and polishing your teeth, the doctor will complete it in 1-2 appointments and there is not much discomfort. But if your teeth have deep calculus under the gums, and especially periodontitis, then the doctor will prescribe more intensive treatments.\n\nWhat to do to limit tooth calcification from sticking back?\nFloss to remove food debris between teeth\n\nAfter being shaved and polished, the surface of the teeth is now smooth and clean, plaque will be difficult to accumulate and easily removed by conventional cleaning methods, you should:\n\nBrush your teeth after eating with fluoride toothpaste to prevent plaque and tooth decay.\nCombine flossing to clean the interdental area.\nGargle with physiological saline, mouthwash,…\nLimit the use of foods high in starch, sugar, colored foods such as tea, coffee …\n\nSmoking is not only harmful to the whole body but also causes dental diseases: plaque, bad breath, pressure ulcers … and worsens the course of the disease.\n\nHow often should calculus teeth be scraped?\n\nTooth calculus scraping and intensive teeth cleaning are recommended by doctors every 6 months. If patients have pre-existing dental problems, they must have their teeth scraped more often (every 3-4 months).\n\nChoosing a professional clinic will give you not only beautiful clean teeth but also a sense of comfort after treatment.\n\nIf you regularly clean your teeth properly, each tooth calculus scrape by a doctor only takes an average of 20-30 minutes. But for those who rarely have regular dental exams and calcareous scraping, the lime cleaning time can be from 40-60 minutes, and may have to be divided into 2 appointments.\n\nTooth calcification accumulates a lot, making it difficult and not very pleasant to shave teeth, this bad experience can make patients less likely to shave their teeth periodically.\n\nYou should talk to your dental calculus scraper about this concern, there are quite a few ways you can improve your feelings of discomfort while shaving your teeth.\n\nIs it OK if I don’t shave my teeth?\nLong-term accumulation of dental calculus can lead to gingivitis\n\nOne thing is for sure, if the plaque is not removed, the manifestations of gingivitis will be present frequently: bad breath, bleeding gums when combing, red swollen gums,… and obviously the loss of aesthetics when laughing because of the yellow teeth stained with sticky marks.\n\nWhether the accumulation of dental calculus is more or less harmful depends on the body and oral pathology of each person. But all the research has shown that the majority of people who do not shave their teeth have a markedly higher rate of tooth loss than those who shave their teeth more or less regularly (more or less).\n\nBesides, dental pathologies often lead to infection and toothache such as periodontitis, caries-pulpitis,.. have a higher percentage of people who do not have their teeth scraped (by the frequent presence of harmful bacteria).\n\nThe study also showed an association between gum-periodontal disease due to plaque calculus associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes (which increases the risk).\n\nConclude\n\nThere is an idiom that \”the eye is the window to the soul\”, so the mouth is the \”main door\” to your body. The mouth is the gateway of health as well as pathology of the whole body.\n\nThe bacterial flora in the mouth has been proven by many studies to be associated with many serious diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s,..\n\nA report by The Surgeon General says that 80% of adults in the U.S. have gum disease, which is 4 out of 5 people. Since body health is greatly affected by oral health, good dental preventive care is very important for every person.\n\nIs tooth calculus scraping harmful? Watch right here.