Over time, the presence of plaque buildup and tartar could lead to a number of serious oral health complications, from cavities to gum disease, among other issues. In order to treat the issue, we will remove the buildup with a thorough dental cleaning. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists will look at the importance of having your teeth cleaned.
Our Dental Cleanings
We suggest a visit every six months for both children and adults. If you have high risk factors for gum disease, then we may recommend one every three to four months. The process involves the dentist using a manual tool and an ultrasonic scaling device to begin breaking up and removing plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from the surface of the teeth. We then polish the teeth, which helps offer a brighter appearance, smoother finish, and also combats bad breath. The procedure only takes a few minutes to complete and we will also examine the smile to identify common oral health concerns, such as tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and oral cancer, in the earliest possible stages.
Preventing Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
Plaque forms when bacteria break down food particles, leading to high levels of oral acids and coating the teeth in a sticky buildup. Plaque buildup can weaken tooth enamel, increasing the risk of erosion and subsequently, tooth decay and infection. Plaque also irritates and inflames the gum tissue, meaning you have a higher chance of gingivitis and gum disease forming. A cleaning can help prevent cavities and reverse gingivitis, and also manage gum disease to safeguard you against the advanced stages, known as periodontitis, that could lead to adult tooth loss.
While a professional cleaning every few months is vital for your smile’s health, you also need to clean your teeth at home to limit how much plaque can form in between these routine visits. To begin, make sure you’re brushing your teeth in the morning and every night for about two minutes. To prevent enamel damage and gum recession, use a toothbrush with soft bristles. A toothpaste containing fluoride is also essential. At night, you also need to floss in between every tooth, going up and down the length of every tooth and dipping below the gum line gently. This removes stray food particles and deprives harmful bacteria of a meal. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dental care, or if you’re ready to schedule a dental cleaning for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.
Do You Need a Preventive Visit?
Our team would like to help you enjoy optimal oral health by removing plaque buildup. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Gentle Smiles in Dallas, TX, today at 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE).