During a checkup visit, we also provide a dental cleaning. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists would like to explain how a simple cleaning procedure helps keep your smile strong, and fights against tooth decay and gum disease. We even have a deep cleaning option to help reverse gingivitis and manage periodontal disease.
The Onset of Plaque Buildup
Plaque buildup occurs as harmful oral bacteria break down food particles caught between your teeth. Or along the gum line. As bacteria break down the particles, this coats the teeth in plaque, a sticky material that hardens into tartar. Factors behind the buildup include improper brushing and flossing, lack of professional cleaning visits, and a diet high in sugar and starch. Brushing and flossing cannot remove the buildup that forms, instead you need to see your dentist! Otherwise, this buildup could lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and stained teeth.
How We Clean Your Teeth
To help improve the health of your smile, you need to see us every six months so we can remove all buildup from the outside of the teeth. The process involves using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar. We then polish the teeth thoroughly for a smoother finish and brighter appearance. This is necessary for smiles of all ages! With proper brushing and flossing at home, you also limit how much plaque can accumulate until we can see you for your next six-month visit.
Scaling and Root Planing
What if your buildup has become severe, and caused the onset of gingivitis or even the early stages of gum disease? At this stage, we may prescribe the deep cleaning, known as a scaling and root planing. Essentially, we use the same ultrasonic scaling device and maul tools to remove buildup from both the teeth and the roots. This could take one visit, or up to four, depending on how severe the buildup actually is. We again polish the teeth, and you may need routine cleanings every three to four months to protect your periodontal health and prevent worsening symptoms. If you have sore, red, or bleeding gums, then let us know right away, as you may need a scaling and root planing.
If you have any questions about how we treat issues like plaque buildup with preventive care, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.
Do You Need a Visit?
Our team wants to offer preventive care so you avoid common but serious oral health issues. To learn more about how we help keep your teeth and gums strong, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brookline, Newton, and all surrounding communities.