Over time, the plaque and tartar that coat your teeth could lead to cavities and the onset of gum disease. However, we could offer a simple preventive treatment to remove the harmful buildup and improve your smile’s health. In today’s blog, your Mansfield, TX, dentist talks about dental cleanings.
The Causes of Plaque Buildup
When harmful oral bacteria in your mouth break down the particles of sugar and starch left behind by our meals, this creates a sticky bacteria layer that coats the teeth. Plaque hardens into tartar with time, and eventually leads to serious trouble for your smile. The layers could increase the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and even gum disease. The buildup is also linked to stained teeth and bad breath too. But we can help with a dental cleaning!
The Dental Cleaning
Brushing and flossing can limit how much plaque and tartar accumulate in between cleaning visits, but only a professional treatment can remove them completely. Which is why we recommend one every six months, so we can remove the buildup regularly before it threatens your teeth and gums. Using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, we will gently and thoroughly remove this buildup and safeguards your smile. The process only takes a few minutes, and we then polish your smile. The polishing helps brighten teeth and limit the ability of plaque and tartar to adhere to the teeth.
If you have sore, red gums that bleed easily, this could mean gingivitis or even gum disease. A perio cleaning can remove buildup and allow us to manage the disease and keep your smile whole with preventive treatments moving forward. The perio procedure involves removing the buildup from both the teeth and the roots, including beneath the gum line. This could take one visit, or may require up to four, depending on the severity of your buildup. We will numb your smile to keep you comfortable and again polish your teeth afterward.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing in between your office visits are essential for keeping your smile strong. You should brush twice a day, once in the morning and again at night, for about two minutes. Be sure you use fluoride toothpaste too! Also, floss every evening before you brush for the second time. These actions remove the stray food and drink particles that could feed bacteria to cause plaque buildup. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Speak With Your Mansfield, TX Dentist About Stronger Smiles
We can offer preventive care to help keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. If you would like to find out more about removing harmful buildup, reach out to Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX today at (817)473-6227!