We’ve talked about better homecare habits, as well as checkups and oral cancer screenings. Now, we want to discuss another preventive method of safeguarding oral health. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will discuss the benefits of a routine dental cleaning, and the occasional deep cleaning procedure.
Plaque and Tartar
The goal of a cleaning is to remove plaque and tartar. The buildup occurs when harmful oral bacteria break down the miniscule particles left behind by the foods and drinks we consume. In the process, this elevates oral acidity, creates a foul odor, and coated the teeth in plaque. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove the buildup, and over time this demineralizes and weakens enamel, eroding it to expose sensitive inner tissues to bacteria. Cavities then form. Likewise, the buildup also irritates and inflames gum tissues, increasing the risk of gingivitis and even gum disease.
Every six months we want to see people of all ages, from ages two and up, for a cleaning. The process involves using an ultrasonic scaling device to break up and remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. We also use a manual tool as well. The final step is to polish the teeth thoroughly. The process only takes a few minutes, and is key for fighting not just teeth stains and bad breath, but the risk of cavities and poor periodontal health. At home, we suggest you continue to brush and floss daily, as this helps limit how much plaque can accumulate before we see you again for your next visit.
Scaling and Root Planing
If the buildup grows severe, you could begin to experience sore, red gums that bleed easily as a result of gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. To reverse gingivitis or begin managing gum disease to prevent worsening symptoms and complications, we may need to prescribe a scaling and root planing. A deep cleaning means we use an ultrasonic scaling device and manual tool to remove buildup from both the teeth and the roots. The process could take between one and four visits, depending on the extent of your buildup, and helps improve your overall health. To continue protecting your smile, we may suggest a routine cleaning every three to four months afterward. If you have any questions about keeping your smile free of major buildup and dental disease, then contact our team today.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Discusses Preventive Care
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX wants to help you maintain your best possible smile with regular care. To find out more about our approach to preventive and general dentistry, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.