brighton dental cleaning

Over time, our teeth become coated in plaque buildup, which hardens with time into tartar. These sticky layers could leave your smile in poor health, and even stain the teeth too. But with a routine dental cleaning, your Brighton, MA, dentists can remove this buildup completely and safeguard your smile!

The Causes of Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Plaque buildup occurs when harmful oral bacteria consume the particles of sugar and starch left behind by the foods and drinks we’ve consumed. As they do, this creates a bacterial byproduct that coats the teeth. Over time, plaque will harden into tartar. The buildup then weakens and erodes enamel to make cavities possible, and could irritate and inflame gum tissues to cause gingivitis and gum disease. These layers are also linked to bad breath and even teeth stains. While brushing and flossing can limit how much plaque and tartar accumulate, only a professional cleaning can remove the layers completely.

Traditional Options

Our team recommends a simple dental cleaning every six months, this is helpful for kids and adults alike. Using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, our team will break up and remove all plaque and tartar layers from the surfaces of the teeth. We then polish the teeth thoroughly, which not only leaves them brighter, but keeps the surfaces smooth to make it more difficult for buildup to adhere to the surfaces. The procedure only takes a few minutes, but is essential for protecting your smile from cavities, infections, and even periodontal concerns like gum disease. But what if you already have symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease?

Scaling and Root Planing

If you have sore, red, receding, or bleeding gums, then you need attention to protect your smile from gum disease, particularly the later stages connected to tooth loss. Our team can help with a deep cleaning. A scaling and root planing uses the same tools as a traditional one, but we also remove layers from the roots too! This could take one visit or up to four, and we will take action to keep you comfortable throughout the process. Afterward, simple cleanings every three to four months could safeguard your smile.

If you have any questions about our approach to professional cleaning, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy your healthiest and brightest smile this summer!

Talk To Your Brighton, MA Dentist About Preventive Treatment Options

We would love to make sure you enjoy summer with a healthy smile. To schedule a consultation or learn more about removing plaque buildup, give us a call at Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, and all surrounding communities.