What is oral debriding '

Not Medical Advice: A dental debridement is a procedure used to remove extensive plaque and tartar build up - something that often happens when you haven't had regular teeth cleanings in a while. Because of these thick deposits, it's hard for your dentist to gauge accurately whether tooth decay, gum disease or other problems are present and to what degree.

A debridement is typically suggested for patients who haven't been to the dentist in a while. Without regular teeth cleanings, plaque and tartar can build up so much that it's difficult for your dentist to determine whether your bone and gum tissue are healthy. In many cases, build up doesn't accumulate just on your teeth - it can affect the areas below the gum line, too. Read more at 1800 Dentist.

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Updated on Wednesday, January 15 2014 at 04:29AM EST

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