When was the last time you saw the dentist for a professional dental cleaning? This may seem like a minor procedure, but dental cleanings are crucial for keeping smiles strong and free of dental disease. At your Dallas, TX, dental practice, we can offer a cleaning to remove harmful plaque and tartar buildup!
Plaque and Gum Disease
Over time, harmful oral bacteria in our mouth will break down and consume the particles of sugar and starch left behind by our foods and drinks. In the process, this not only elevates oral acidity, but coats the teeth in plaque buildup. Plaque will harden into tartar with time, and will irritate and inflame the gums, and weaken tooth enamel, leaving you vulnerable to issues like gum disease and tooth decay. You also have a higher risk of bad breath and teeth stains too! Which is why you need to have the buildup removed regularly with a dental cleaning.
Removing Plaque and Tartar
The cleaning procedure is a comfortable and short one. Our team will employ an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to gently break up and remove all plaque and tartar buildup. We then polish the teeth to help make it difficult for more plaque and tartar to adhere to the teeth in between your six-month appointments. If you have severe buildup, the kind that could lead to gum disease, then we could use a scaling and root planing in which we remove the buildup from not only the teeth, but the roots and beneath the gums too. This one is more involved, helping us manage gum disease to prevent complications like tooth loss.
Keeping Your Smile Strong
Our team can also discuss good oral hygiene habits to safeguard your smile in between these office visits. For example, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes when you wake up, and then again before bed. Each time be sure you use a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss every evening before you brush the second time to remove the particles of food and drink that a toothbrush cannot reach. Be sure to limit your sugar consumption too, and make time to see our team every six months for your regular appointment.
If you have any questions about how a cleaning can safeguard your smile, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you and your family enjoy your best possible smiles!
Talk To Your Dallas, TX Dentist About Preventive Dentistry
We would like to help you enjoy good oral health and avoid issues like tooth decay and gum disease. If you would like to find out more about protecting your teeth and gums from disease, then reach out to our Dallas, TX, dental office today at (214) 343-1818.