Our last blog focused on the benefits of undergoing an exam with our Olathe, KS, general dentists. But what about the dental cleaning? This procedure may seem like an unimportant one, especially if you brush and floss each day. However, a cleaning is often crucial for avoiding very serious oral health issues, including periodontal disease!
The Dangers of Plaque and Tartar
What are plaque and tartar? Plaque is buildup that forms on the surfaces of the teeth, the result of bacteria breaking down particles for the foods and drinks we’ve consumed. Over time, the buildup hardens into tartar. Unless removed, these sticky layers actually erode the outer enamel, leading to tooth decay. The buildup also irritates and inflames gum tissue, which increases the risk of both gingivitis and gum disease. Not to mention the impact on the freshness of your breath, or the color of your teeth!
What makes plaque so dangerous, is the fact that brushing and flossing cannot remove the buildup. In fact, the only way is a professional cleaning, which involves using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to carefully remove all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. The process only takes a few minutes, and we complete it by polishing your teeth. The process helps freshen breath, brighten teeth, and improve overall oral health!
Gum Disease Prevention
With a routine cleaning every six months, we will be able to help lower the risk of gingivitis and gum disease. If you have the early warning signs of gum disease, such as soreness, redness, swelling, or bleeding in the gums, then we may offer a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, the procedure allows us to remove buildup from both the teeth and the roots, which lowers the risk of gum disease, prevents the advanced stages of the disease linked to tooth loss, and helps keep your breath fresh. Afterward, routine cleanings every three to four months could help manage the disease and protect your smile!
Cleaning at Home
Of course, just because a cleaning is vital doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to brush and floss properly! You should brush your teeth when you wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should take about two minutes, and use a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss before going to bed, too. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Ready for Your Next General Visit?
We want to help you continue to enjoy optimal oral health! For more information on general dental care, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.