The removal of plaque, calculus deposits and stains from above and below the gum lines to help prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
Plaque is bacteria that continuously accumulates on the surfaces of your teeth. This type of bacteria utilizes sugars from the food you eat throughout the day, potentially causing serious damage to the teeth and surrounding structures. If this plaque is not removed, over time the plaque will absorb minerals from your saliva, forming what is called calculus. Calculus cannot be removed at home. It can only be properly removed by teeth cleaning or scaling with your dentist or dental hygienist.
Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, can advance quickly if not adequately removed. As plaque moves further down the tooth, it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, damage ligaments which hold teeth in place, expose the soft root structures which are more susceptible to cavities (dental caries) and can ultimately lead to advanced decay and tooth loss.
Our professional hygienists at Fifth St. Dental in Etobicoke look forward to providing quality and compassionate dental care for individuals and families alike.