Why Do Teeth Need To Be Cleaned?

Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily from home, you may benefit from regular visits to the office for professional dental cleanings. In fact, these six-month visits are crucial for avoiding serious oral health issues, such as periodontal disease. In today’s blog, let’s look at why our Mansfield, TX, patients benefit from regular dental cleanings.

The Benefits of Removing Plaque Buildup

When bacteria break down the food particles caught between our teeth, this not only increases the levels of oral acidity, but coats the teeth in a bacterial byproduct known as plaque. This sticky layer not only leads to bad breath and teeth stains, but could also weaken and erode tooth enamel and even inflame the gum tissue, increasing the risk of both cavities and gum disease. By removing the plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) we restore the health of the smile and safeguard the teeth against serious complications.

The Cleaning Procedure

The procedure involves the dentist or hygienist removing plaque with an ultrasonic scaler and a manual tool. The procedure only takes a short amount of time. The final step is polishing the teeth, which helps ensure a smooth feel, brighter appearance, and also fresher breath. When you leave our office, you do so with a healthier smile. On average, most people need to have the procedure done every six months. However, if you have high risk factors for gum disease, then you may need to see us every three to four months.

What If I Have Gum Inflammation?

What if we discover you have gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease? If so, then you may need a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. The procedure involves the use of an ultrasonic scaler to remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth and the roots. The procedure may only take one visit like a traditional cleaning, but could also take as many as four visits if the buildup is severe. The procedure reveres gingivitis. If you have gum disease, which has no cure, then the procedure helps manage the disease to prevent periodontitis, the advanced stage linked to adult tooth loss. If you begin to experience sore, red, or bleeding gums, then let us know right away. You could have inflamed gums or even periodontal disease. If you would like to schedule a visit for an exam and to have your teeth cleaned, then please contact our team today. Preventive dentistry helps us protect smiles of all types and ages!

Do You Need Preventive Care?

Don’t let your smile’s health suffer due to lack of preventive care. To learn more about maintaining optimal oral health, then schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.