We consider that hygiene and prevention are essential in order to achieve good dental health. This has prompted us to set up a maintenance programme according to our patients specific needs.


What is dental plaque?

It's an invisible thin pellicle, which forms constantly on the tooth surface. It comes from saliva as well as food debris. The bacteria, which feed on glucoside coming from our food colonise the dental plaque and can cause decays and gum disease.


How does tartar form?

If dental plaque is not removed properly and regularly, the minerals contained in the saliva mix. This leads to the hardening of dental plaque, which becomes rough: tartar is then formed and adheres very strongly to the tooth surface.


Why is scaling & polish needed?

The presence or tartar facilitates subsequent deposit of dental plaque as well as tooth discoloration due to the intake of coffee, wine, tobacco etc. Tartar favors the proliferation of bacteria, witch are responsible for the development of dental cavities, gingivitis and periodontitis. Scaling is then necessary in order to establish a favorable oral environment, which promotes dental and gum health.


How often is scaling & polish needed?

Factors such as plaque removal efficacy, type of oral microbes and the presence of crowding influence the speed of tartar buildups and its retention.

As a general rule, prophylactic dental hygiene visits are recommended twice a year. However, in case of gum disease, a Periodontist may advice more frequent maintenance appointments.


The video below shows how to use dental floss:


What is an interdental brush?

When the spaces in between the teeth are enlarged due to gum disease or after a periodontal treatment, dental brushes are the most effective tools in order to remove dental plaque in these areas.

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A powered toothbrush is more effective for dental plaque removal:

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