Over time, everything from the foods and drinks we consume, to our oral health habits, could determine how much plaque accumulates on our teeth. This bacterial byproduct not only causes bad breath and teeth stains, but could lead to decay and gum disease. To protect smiles, your Celina, TX, dentist will remove the buildup with a dental cleaning.
Plaque and Poor Oral Health
Dental plaque accumulates when bacteria in the mouth begins to break down particles left by the foods and drinks we consume. In the process, this not only elevates oral acidity levels, but creates a sticky layer of plaque that coat the teeth. Over time, the plaque then hardens into tartar. The buildup cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone, and will weaken and erode the enamel through demineralization, causing cavities to form. In addition, the buildup has been linked to gum inflammation, leading to the onset of gingivitis and gum disease for many people. This bacterial byproduct also leads to more visible teeth stains and bad breath.
While brushing and flossing limit the severity of plaque, the only want to remove what buildup is with a dental cleaning. Every six months we want to see you for a visit, in which we not only examine your smile, but use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up all buildup. We then polish the teeth thoroughly, so you leave with a brighter smile and healthier teeth and gums.
Scaling and Root Planing
What if you haven’t had a cleaning visit in several years? You may start to notice the warning signs of inflammation, such as sore, red gums that bleed easily. This could mean either gingivitis, or the early stages of gum disease. To manage these issues and prevent complications like worsening discomfort or even tooth loss, you may need more than a routine cleaning. We could instead prescribe a scaling and root planing. The procedure involves removing the buildup from both the teeth and the roots with an ultrasonic scaling device. Depending on the severity of the buildup, this could take between one and four visits to accomplish. Next, we polish your teeth and may prescribe a routine cleaning every three to four months afterward.
If you have any questions about the routine care needed to safeguard your smile and protect the health of your teeth and gums, then contact our team today. We would love to see you for your first visit of 2021!
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist’s Office About Preventive Dentistry
Our team understands how to help safeguard smiles with routine care every few months. To find out more about the benefits of a routine dental visit, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.