Did you know that plaque and tartar buildup on your smile could irritate gum tissue and increase the risk of gum disease? To protect your smile from periodontal disease, your Newhall, CA, dentist can help prevent the onset of gum disease, or manage it successfully, with a dental cleaning procedure.
The Dangers of Your Plaque and Tartar Buildup
Plaque is a sticky bacterial byproduct that coat the teeth. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove plaque, and over time it hardens in to tartar. The buildup then causes demineralization, weakening enamel to expose sensitivity and cause cavities. The same buildup then inflames gum tissues. Swelling, redness, and bleeding could then develop. Without treatment, the gums could pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets for bacteria to enter, causing periodontal disease. Plaque and tartar are also linked to issues like bad breath and even teeth stains!
While brushing and flossing help limit how much plaque can form, only a dental cleaning is able to completely remove all plaque and tartar from the outside of the teeth. Every six months, we want to see you so our team can use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to remove all plaque and tartar from the outside of the teeth. The process takes only a few minutes, and helps keep smiles bright and strong. We complete the process by thoroughly polishing the teeth!
Scaling and Root Planing Procedures
If you develop gingivitis, or the early stages of gum disese, then we may suggest a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. The procedure could take between one and up to four visits, depending on the cause and extent of your buildup. We will use the same technology to remove these layers from the teeth and the roots, which reverse gingivitis and could help manage periodontal disease, preventing the later stages linked to adult tooth loss. We may suggest a routine cleaning every three to four months afterward to control your gum health and prevent worsening symptoms or complications.
If you have any questions about how keep smiles strong and clean, then contact our team today. We would love to see you for treatment, and these visits benefit kids and adults alike! We can also discuss proper brushing and flossing, and other good oral health habits to protect your smile.
Ready to Schedule A Visit Soon?
Our team is ready to offer preventive care to successfully manage your oral health, so you continue to smile with confidence. Newhall Dental Arts wants to help you maintain optimal oral health by removing harmful buildup from your teeth. Contact our Newhall, CA office at (661) 259-7760 to learn more about our exams and cleanings!