Did you know that tartar can develop in as little as twenty-four hours? All it takes is for plaque to remain on your teeth for that much time. Brushing and flossing daily at home can keep plaque in check and prevent the formation of tartar, also known as calculus, but there are areas of your mouth that will always be hard to clean without the help of a dentist.
Dr. Musselman encourages patients with a history of gum disease, or periodontitis, to get regular maintenance cleanings, known as periodontal cleanings, an average of four times a year. At these periodontal treatment appointments, the depth of your gum pockets will be carefully inspected by Dr. Musselman and your dental hygienist. Hard-to-clean plaque and calculus will be removed from above and below the gum line.