When you have a professional dental cleaning, this removes the harmful buildup from your smile and fights cavities and gum disease. Which is why we recommend one every six months for patients of all ages. In today’s blog, your Conroe, TX, dentist talks about safeguarding your smile with dental cleanings.
The Impact of Plaque and Tartar Buildup
Over time, harmful oral bacteria can consume the particles of sugar and arch left behind by the foods and drinks we consume, particularly if we are not brushing and flossing daily to remove these particles. As the bacteria break down these particles, this causes oral acidity levels to rise, and coats the teeth in plaque buildup. This sticky layer can erode and weaken enamel to make cavities possible, and could inflame gum tissues so periodontal disease is more likely. The layers also harden with time into tartar, which cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone. Other impacts include teeth stains and bad breath. But with a routine dental cleaning, we can remove these layers completely!
A dental cleaning every six months allows our team to remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth, so you enjoy better oral health. Our hygienist will do so with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. Once we remove the buildup, we will then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and a smoother finish. This benefits kids and adults alike! In between these visits, be sure you’re brushing twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, so you can remove stray particles and strengthen the enamel. Also, floss every evening to remove what is beyond the reach of your toothbrush’s bristles. Cutting back on sugar and starch is helpful too, so you limit the severity of buildup in between these six-month visits.
Scaling and Root Planing
If you have sore, red, and bleeding gums, or if tissue begins to recede, this could indicate the presence of gingivitis or even gum disease. To make the disease manageable and protect the smile, you may need a deep cleaning. Also known as scaling and root planing, this involves removing buildup from both the teeth and the exposed portions of the roots. This could take one visit or up to four, and helps reverse gingivitis and make periodontal disease manageable with routine visits every three to four months.
If you have any questions about our approach to dental cleanings, then contact our team today to learn more.
Protect Your Smile with Preventive Dentistry
Our team wants to help you enjoy optimal oral health with preventive care. To learn more about protecting the health of your gums and teeth, then contact The Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX by calling 936-441-4600 today.