Calculus and Plaque Removal

Calculus, or tartar, deposits on teeth are a serious health concern. The deposit is a result of hardened and yellowed plaque that becomes the perfect surface for attracting food, debris and bacteria. These substances are incredibly damaging for tooth and gum health.

Perhaps the most pressing concern is periodontal disease. If calculus covers the gum line, it’s impossible to remove plaque, and your gums become infected and swollen with bacteria. As a result, you’re left looking at gum disease that is harder to treat as it progresses.

Before and after removal of calculus

Calculus cannot be brushed away. You need the expertise of a dentist or dental hygienist to remove it.

Plaque and Calculus Removal Procedure

Scaling removes calculus. Scaling uses an ultrasonic instrument to gently chip the calculus away and leave the tooth smooth.

If the calculus moves below the gum line, a different technique is used to remove the plaque. Dr Olstein uses root planing to remove the plaque from the roots of the teeth.

We conduct the scaling and root planing procedure simultaneously. You will need several appointments for serious cases.

Causes of Plaque and Calculus Buildup on Teeth

Bacteria and associated substances create plaque. With diligence, you can brush this sticky, film-like substance away. However, it turns into calculus if left too long. As mentioned above, the rough surface attracts food particles meaning teeth are subjected to further contact with harmful debris and bacteria.

How to Avoid Calculus Build-Up

A good oral health regime is the best way to avoid calculus build up and periodontal disease. This entails:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for a professional clean

Visiting us twice a year is essential. It’s not only a chance to perform a professional clean, but it’s also a chance to check on your overall oral health. If we intervene early, we can save you from many serious dental problems and potentially painful procedures.

Book an Appointment with Dr George Olstein

If you have any questions about your dental health, or would like to book an appointment for a scale and clean with our dental hygienist in Melbourne, all you have to do is call 03 9510 1644—our friendly team is ready and happy to assist. Alternatively, complete our easy online booking form to lock in an appointment time today.

To Our Valued Patients

Dr George Olstein takes the health of his patients and employees very seriously. Due to COVID-19, we understand there is a lot of anxiety and uncertainty regarding the situation at the moment. We are being consistently updated from the Australian Dental Association and DHHS in Victoria with regards to any changes in practice from a health and hygiene perspective.

Dr George Olstein is monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely and are listening carefully to the questions and concerns we receive from our patients.

We would like to reassure our people, patients and the broader community that Dr George Olstein has always had, do and will continue to have exceptional clinical standards. We are highly commended for our robust policies and procedures, particularly around infection control including hand Hygiene.

The recent events associated with Coronavirus have seen Dr George Olstein develop an additional comprehensive policy specifically considering the virus, which has been adopted by all our team.

This includes but not limited to;

  • Avoid handshaking, hugging and kissing.
  • Please use the provided antimicrobial hand rub before entering the clinic and before leaving the clinic.
  • Please be aware that we will be conducting regular disinfection of the surfaces at the reception, waiting areas, water station, washroom and the entry doors.
  • Similarly, we are also working closely with our business partners to guarantee the continued supply of masks, gloves and other infection control items.

We consider you part of the Dr George Olstein family and your safety, together with that of our team’s, remains our highest priority.

We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit and will continue to update you on any further developments.

If you have any further questions, please contact us –

Best regards,
Dr George Olstein