brighton cleanings

When you have a dental cleaning every six months, this can help keep smiles bright and healthy. But when was the last time you had one? Why should you schedule one soon? In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentist talks about the cleaning process and how this simple procedure can improve your oral health!

The Risks of Plaque and Tartar Buildup

 Over time, the sugar and starch in the foods and drinks we consume can feed harmful oral bacteria, especially if they remain trapped between the teeth due to improper brushing and flossing habits. As bacteria break down the particles, this elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in a harmful layer of plaque and tartar buildup. These layers increase in severity over time, and can weaken and erode enamel to cause tooth decay and increase the risk of infection. The same layers also irritate and inflame the gum tissues, increasing the risk of gingivitis and gum disease, not to mention bad breath and teeth stains. But we can help with a preventive visit!

The Dental Cleaning Process

With a dental cleaning, our team will completely remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. The process involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. Once we remove the buildup, we will polish the teeth for a brighter appearance, and to make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to cling to the teeth. The procedure only takes a few minutes to finish. If you have high risk factors and symptoms of gum disease, we could discuss a deep cleaning to remove buildup from the teeth and the roots as well, so we can then manage the disease with preventive care moving forward.

Protecting Smile from Home

You can take steps to reduce your risk of serious plaque and tartar buildup in between your six-month office visits. For example, try to cut back on the sugar and starch in your diet, instead drink more water and eat healthy items! Also, be sure you’re taking time to brush and floss your teeth properly, so you can remove stray food and drink particles that could create plaque and tartar. Be sure you continue to see our team for your six-month preventive visits too!

If you have any questions about how our team can safeguard your smile with regular dental cleanings, then contact our team today to learn more.

Talk to Brighton Family Dental About General Dentistry

Our team wants to help you and your family enjoy good oral health with preventive treatments. Learn more about our general dental treatments by giving us a call at Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210.