During your six-month visits, our team will do more than just examine your smile. We will also clean your teeth, removing harmful buildup and lowering the risk of serious oral health issues. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist explains how we remove plaque and tartar with a cleaning, and when you may benefit from a scaling and root planing.
The Health Risks of Plaque
Over time, oral bacteria will break down the food particles left on and between our teeth. In doing so, bacteria elevate the levels of oral acidity, and then coat the teeth in harmful plaque buildup. A bacterial byproduct, plaque can’t be removed with brushing and flossing alone, and will begin to irritate and inflame gum tissues, while also weakening and eroding outer enamel. You then experience an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. This is also linked to bad breath and even stained teeth!
The Dental Cleaning Process
Brushing and flossing helps limit how much plaque and tartar accumulate, but only a cleaning can remove the buildup completely. You should see us twice a year for a cleaning visit. After we examine your smile, we will use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. We then carefully polish each tooth. The procedure helps lower the risks of tooth decay and periodontal troubles, and also freshens breath and keeps teeth bright. This procedure benefits people of all ages, from toddlers to adults!
Scaling and Root Planing
What if your buildup grows so severe, you develop gingivitis, or even the early stages of gum disease? Warning signs could include sore, red gums that bleed easily. To reverse gingivitis and begin managing periodontal disease, we may suggest a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, the procedure involves using the ultrasonic scaler to remove buildup from both the teeth and the roots. The procedure could take one visit, or up to four, depending on the extent and severity of the buildup. Afterward, we could prescribe a routine cleaning every three to four months to keep your gums healthy, and prevent complications such as worsening discomfort or even tooth loss!
If you have any questions about preventive treatments, or about keeping smiles of all ages healthy and strong, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Keeps Teeth Clean
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX is ready to help you avoid issues like gum disease with a routine in-office procedure twice a year. To learn more about maintaining healthy smiles with preventive care, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.