Over time, plaque will coat your teeth and harden into tartar. Without professional care to remove it, the risk of cavities and even gum disease will rise. Which is why you need to have a dental cleaning. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how we safeguard smiles with six-month dental cleanings!
The Impact of Your Plaque and Tartar Buildup
Why should we be so concerned about plaque buildup? This is essentially a bacterial byproduct that coats the teeth once bacteria break down and consumes particles of sugar and starch. These are left behind by the foods and drinks we consume. The buildup will harden with time into tartar, and is impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Without removal, the layers actually weaken and erode the outer enamel to make cavities more likely. You also experience a higher risk of gingivitis and gum disease. The same buildup is also linked to bad breath and even stained teeth.
To avoid the major complications we discussed above, you need to have these layers of plaque and tartar thoroughly removed from your smile completely. The procedure involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick, which we use to gently and thoroughly break up and remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. The process only takes a short time, and helps safeguard the smile. We complete the process by polishing your teeth, which provides a brighter appearance and a smoother feel. You should have one every six months, so we can help prevent cavities and gingivitis from forming.
Scaling and Root Planing
But what if you have the warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease, such as sore, red gums that bleed easily, or possibly receding tissues? In these scenarios, you may need what is known as a deep cleaning, or a scaling and root planing. Using the same technology, we remove buildup from both the teeth and the roots. This could take one visit, or up to four, depending on how severe your buildup actually is. Afterward, regular dental cleanings every three to four months could help control the disease and manage it.
If you have any questions about how we protect the health and beauty of your smile, then contact our team today. We want you and your entire family to enjoy better oral health!
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Preventive Dental Care
Our team is ready to help protect your smile from bad breath, teeth stains, and even periodontal disease! If you would like to find out more about our approach to preventive dentistry or if you want to schedule a visit, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.