When plaque and tartar coat our teeth, this could cause poor oral health and even lead to gum disease. To remove the plaque and tartar, we can help with a professional dental cleaning. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we clean your teeth and even help manage periodontal disease.
The Cleaning Process
How do we clean your teeth? The process is a simple one. When you arrive, you will sit down in the chair and we will discuss your oral health habits and examine your smile. Once the diagnosis is done, we can discuss any issue we discover and whether you need treatment, such as a dental filling. Now, we clean the teeth. This means employing an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to gently break up and remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. We then gently polish the teeth for a more attractive and bright appearance. The process takes only one visit, and helps you enjoy a healthier smile!
The Dangers of Plaque Buildup
The goal is to remove plaque buildup, and any tartar that plaque hardens into. This is caused by harmful oral bacteria breaking down particles left behind by our sugary foods and drinks. Lack of brushing and flossing or infrequent dental cleanings can make the buildup worse. Without removal, these layers will wear down and erode the outer enamel, causing tooth decay and even dental infection. The same buildup can also irritate and inflame gum tissues, causing gingivitis and gum disease, not to mention bad breath and teeth stains.
Scaling and Root Planings
What if the buildup has caused gingivitis, or even led to the early stages of gum disease? At this point, you likely have sore, red, and bleeding gums, and need more than a traditional cleaning. Which is why we can offer a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, this involves removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth and the roots. This could take one visit, or up to four, depending on how severe the buildup actually is. We then polish the teeth, and help protect your smile with a traditional cleaning every three to four months.
If you have any questions about how we safeguard your smile and offer better oral health, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.
Ready for a Preventive Appointment?
Our team is here to help you maintain good oral health. If you have any questions about protecting the health and beauty of your smile, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.