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Depuration or tooth cleaning


Tartar is hard mineralized plaque that cannot be brushed off. It is formed due to soft coatings lying on the tooth surface for a long time and bacteria present in the oral cavity convert these soft coatings into hard tartar. It can sit on top of the gums or in gum pockets which causes inflammation and even bone breakdown. Therefore, it is important to regularly clean teeth and gum pockets. The cleaning in professional language is called depuration when removing tartar using hand instruments or ultrasound instruments. Cleaning is completed by polishing teeth with a special paste. 


Oral hygiene instruction is just as important and counts as part of the treatment. We are all human and can miss one (or more) surfaces. Ask your dentist for tips and advice regarding your particular oral hygiene. 


Gum diseases: gingivitis and periodontitis


Gingivitis is a gum disease in which the gums bleed and are irritated. This is due to the inflammatory process caused by bacteria in the coatings and tartar. Early treatment and good oral hygiene reduce the risk of tooth loss. 


Periodontitis or tooth loss is a disease where in addition to inflammation in the gums, bone decomposition occurs as the teeth slowly lose their attachment. Therefore, deep gum pockets need to be cleaned regularly to keep tooth decay under control. 


Tooth loss (Periodontitis) is a chronic disease. Chronic illness means that you can not cure it completely, but you can maintain it without deterioration. 

You need to be extra careful with oral hygiene and use daily brushes or floss depending on the size of the gap. Ask your dentist about suitable aids.

2. You should stop smoking if you do. Smoking speeds up the tooth loss process. 

3. If you have other diseases, it can contribute to tooth loss. 

Discuss your situation with a dentist. 

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