Professionally-Clean and Healthy Teeth
Keeping your teeth clean is one of the first things we are taught as children, and the habit should continue every day (at least twice a day) for the rest of your life. The point of brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is to control the biofilm of plaque—a product of various oral bacteria—before it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath, or worse. Alone, however, your preventive dentistry measures at home are not enough to ward off dental issues long-term. The point of dental cleanings, which are a vital part of your dental health care, is to routinely remove the plaque that you miss, and the more stubborn tartar that it can turn into.
During Your Visit
Routine Dental Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
Dental cleanings are simple, straight-forward procedures that involve your dental hygienist carefully cleaning every surface of your teeth, including between them and along the gum line. The bacteria that plaque contains (there are over 600 identifiable kinds) produce toxins and acids that target your gum tissues and tooth structure. By ensuring that every trace of the film is cleaned from your teeth, we can remove the danger for a few more months until your next appointment (provided you maintain good hygiene practices at home).
Deep (Periodontal) Cleanings
The bacteria that cling to your teeth tend to weaken their defenses, paving the way for tooth decay. However, those that gather along your gum line prefer to attack your gum tissues, causing your gums to recede (separate) slightly from your teeth. If bacteria work their way underneath your gums, then your risk of gum disease increases significantly. More detailed than a routine cleaning, a deep cleaning describes carefully removing bacteria from your teeth’s roots, underneath the gums. Then, we will smooth the root surfaces to inhibit bacteria buildup in the future. Also called scaling and root planing, the procedure may require more than one visit, but will allow your gums to heal and reattach to your teeth.