Over time, our oral hygiene habits and the foods and drinks we consume could allow plaque and tartar buildup to form. Without treatment to remove these layers of buildup, the risk of cavities and even periodontal disease could increase. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist explains how we remove buildup with a dental cleaning.
The Risks of Plaque and Tartar
Over time, bacteria will break down the food particles between or on our teeth, especially sugary and starchy particles. As bacteria consume these particles, the teeth will be coated in plaque, which hardens into tartar over time. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove plaque buildup, and these layers could erode tooth enamel and inflame gum tissues, increasing the risk of cavities and periodontal disease. The buildup is also linked to bad breath and stained teeth! Fortunately, a dental cleaning allows our team to remove these layers completely, restoring oral health.
We want to see you every six months to have your teeth cleaned. This prevents serious issues like tooth decay and gum disease from forming, and helps improve breath freshness and fights discoloration too. The procedure is simple. We use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all outer buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. The process only takes a few short minutes! We then polish the teeth thoroughly for a smoother appearance and brighter smile. During the same visit we also examine your smile, using the checkup to keep a close eye out for the earliest warning signs of poor oral health, so we address issues early before they cause discomfort or impact smile stability.
What if you’ve developed gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease already? If so, you could notice your gums feel sore and look red. They may also bleed easily, and could appear to recede, making your teeth look long. At this stage, you need treatment to either reverse gingivitis or allow us to manage periodontal disease, preventing the later stages that could cause tooth loss. Instead of a traditional cleaning, we could provide a perio one, also known as a scaling and root planing. We remove buildup from the teeth and the roots with the ultrasonic scaling device. The procedure could take between one and four visits, depending on how severe the buildup is. We then polish the teeth and may suggest routine cleanings every three to four months.
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist’s Office About Preventive Dentistry
Our team offers routine preventive care to keep issues like cavities and gum disease away. To learn more about how we preserve the health of your smile, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.