The importance of removing tartar (descaling)
As you know, brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to keep plaque at bay. When plaque remains on your teeth, however, it will eventually harden and transform into tartar (also called calculus). A dental professional will then have to use a special metal instrument to ‘scale’ it off.
Descaling is performed by the dental hygienist as part of the teeth cleaning process. Once all tartar is removed, the hygienist will polish your teeth and remove any remaining stains using an abrasive paste and a small rotating rubber cup. Finally, the hygienist will floss your teeth to ensure that all inter-dental areas are also squeaky clean.
Skipping biannual visits to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned and checked for cavities has consequences, starting with the onset of gum disease. Regrettably, untreated gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in people aged 35 and older.