We recently talked about your exams and why we suggest one every few months. But what about a dental cleaning? With this procedure, we remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth, and could even help manage issues like periodontal disease! In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist will explain why we all benefit from our having our teeth cleaned.
The Health Risks of Bacterial Buildup
Over time, as bacteria break down the bits of sugar and starch left on our teeth from the foods and drinks we consume this creates a bacterial build that coats the teeth. Known as plaque, this could begin to weaken enamel and inflame gum tissues, leading to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. The plaque could eventually harden into tartar, making it impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. The buildup is also linked to bad breath and even stained teeth! To protect the health of your teeth and gums, you need to have the plaque and tartar removed every few months.
The dental cleaning process involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. Every six months during your checkup visit, our team will gently remove all buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. We then thoroughly polish the teeth too. The procedure helps reduce the risk of cavities and periodontal issues, and also freshens breath and brightens teeth too! We suggest one for every person aged two and older, as anyone could be at risk of the complications of the buildup.
Scaling and Root Planings
Sometimes, your buildup could lead to gingivitis or even the early stages of gum disease, with your gums feeling sore and bleeding easily, and appearing redder than usual. At this stage, you may need more than a routine cleaning. A scaling and root planning means we use the same technology to remove plaque and tartar from the roots as well as the teeth, reversing gingivitis or managing gum disease to prevent periodontitis. The procedure could take one to four visits, depending on the cause and extent of your buildup, and we may suggest a routine cleaning every three to four months afterward. If you have any questions about keeping your smile strong, then contact our team today.
Ready for Your Next Exam?
Our team wants to help you avoid the onset of cavities and periodontal issues by removing plaque and tartar completely. For more information on our approach to keeping smiles clean, then please schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.