May 17, 2020 by Imara Mediplus0

What is dental calculus?

Calculus is a hard deposit that is formed by mineralization of dental plaque on the surface of natural teeth and dental prosthesis, generally covered by layer of unmineralised plaque.

What is dental plaque?

A sticky film that coats teeth and contains bacteria.Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless or pale yellow film that is constantly forming on your teeth. When saliva, food and fluids combine, plaque – which contains bacteria – forms between your teeth and along the gum line.

Calculus cannot be removed with a toothbrush; only a dental professional can remove it during an oral cleaning.

What are the effects of dental plaque and calculus?

  • Bleeding gums/Gingivitis
  • Dental caries/Tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease which may lead to loose/mobile teeth.
  • Halitosis/bad breath.

The best way to prevent these complications is to brush twice a day, to floss once a day, and to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings.

Article By: Dr. Mackatiani
Resident Dental Surgeon,
Imara Mediplus Hospital
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