When was the last time you stopped in for a routine checkup and cleaning visit? We suggest them once every six months to keep smiles healthy and whole. But how does removing plaque and tartar help smiles, and what does the procedure involve? In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist looks at the process of keeping smiles clean.
The Dangers of Plaque Buildup
Over time, improper brushing and flossing habits could let particles from the foods and drinks we consume remain trapped on and between the teeth. As bacteria break down these particles, this increases oral acidity, and then coats the teeth in a layer of plaque buildup. Over time, the buildup hardens into tartar and begins to weaken outer enamel and inflame gum tissues. The risks of cavities and gum disease then increases significantly. Bad breath and teeth stains could develop as well. To protect your oral health, you should have the buildup removed, as brushing and flossing alone cannot remove harmful bacterial buildup.
Cleaning Your Smile
A dental cleaning means we use an ultrasonic scaling device to break up and remove all buildup from the smile. We then polish the teeth thoroughly, leaving them brighter and more attractive. The removal then helps limit the risk of weaken enamel or inflamed gum tissues. The process only takes a few minutes, and is recommended for everyone ages two and older once every six months. However, if you have high risk factors for issues like gum disease, we could suggest one every three to four months instead.
Keeping Teeth Clean at Home
Afterward, you should also make sure you’re properly cleaning your smile at home. Make sure you brush for at least two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can use electric or manual, but just make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride, which strengthens the outer enamel. You also need to floss, as this removes what is beyond a toothbrush’s reach, and is essential for good gum health. Try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks too, as the particles left behind by them are a favorite for harmful oral bacteria to consume. If you have any questions about keeping smiles clean at home and in our office, then contact our team today. We want to help your family enjoy optimal oral health for a lifetime!
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Teeth Clean?
Our team is ready to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health with preventive and general dental care. You should schedule a checkup and cleaning visit for you and your little ones twice a year. Now is a great time to schedule one! Learn more by scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.