Removing Plaque From Your Smile

cleveland plaque buildup

Did you know that the foods we eat and how we care for our smiles could lead to plaque buildup? Without treatment, this bacterial byproduct is linked to tooth decay and periodontal issues. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we remove plaque with a routine dental cleaning visit.

The Causes of Plaque

Plaque buildup is the result of oral bacteria breaking down the particles from our foods and drinks that have been left behind on or between our teeth. This is especially true for particles of sugar and starch. As bacteria consumes these particles, this boosts oral acidity levels and coats the teeth in plaque buildup. The sticky layer hardens over time into tartar, and cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone. Left in place, the buildup worsens and could be responsible for teeth stains, bad breath, and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

The Dental Cleaning

To remove these layers, we recommend you and your family see us every six months for a dental cleaning. The process involves using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all buildup from the teeth. The process takes a few minutes, and is completed with our team polishing the teeth. The process leaves a brighter smile, and healthier teeth and gums. We suggest this for kids two and older, and teens, adults, and seniors as well. Brushing and flossing at home also helps, limiting how much buildup can accumulate in between your six-month visits to our office.

Scaling and Root Planing

What if the buildup is so severe that you’re experiencing the early stages of gingivitis and gum disease, such as sore, red gums that bleed easily? We may instead prescribe a more involved procedure known as a deep cleaning. We use the same ultrasonic scaling device to remove plaque from both the teeth and the roots. Depending on the severity, this could take between one and four visits. We then polish your smile for a brighter appearance. Afterward, you may benefit from a routine cleaning every three to four months to manage your periodontal disease and prevent later stages linked to complications like tooth loss.

If you have any questions about our dental cleanings, or if you need to schedule one for yourself and your family, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Keeping Teeth Clean?

Our team wants to help you avoid issues with your teeth and gums from developing. If you would like to learn more about keeping smiles healthy and strong, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.