Removing Plaque Buildup With A Cleaning

dental cleaningA number of factors could lead to plaque buildup on your teeth. Not only does this buildup cause issues like teeth stains, but plaque could increase the risk of gum disease too. In order to keep your smile strong and healthy, your Richfield, MN, dentist can offer a professional dental cleaning!

The Causes of Plaque and Tartar

When harmful oral bacteria break down the particles left behind between our teeth by the foods and drinks we consume, they elevate the levels of oral acidity in the mouth, and begin coating the teeth in a sticky bacterial byproduct. Known as plaque, this layer is difficult to remove with brushing and flossing alone, and over time hardens into tartar. The buildup weakens and erodes enamel to cause tooth decay, and also irritates and inflames gum tissues to cause gingivitis and gum disease. To keep your smile healthy, you need routine treatments to remove the layers of plaque and tartar from your teeth.

The Cleaning Process

Every six months we want to see you for a cleaning visit. During this visit, we will carefully remove all plaque and tartar from the smile with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. We then polish the teeth thoroughly. The treatment helps lower the risks of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and teeth stains. The entire visit is short, and crucial for people of all ages. In between your cleaning visits you also need to care for your smile from home, which limits how much can accumulate on your teeth in between your cleaning visits. You should brush your teeth when you wake up and before before bed, use a fluoride toothpaste, and floss every night before going to sleep.

What If I Have Gum Disease?

If your gums already show signs of gingivitis or gum disease, such as swelling, redness, or bleeding, then you may need a more involved procedure. A deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, allows us to remove serious buildup and help reverse gingivits or manage gum disease, keeping your smile healthy and whole. The process involves using the scaling device to take buildup away from the teeth and roots, and could take between one and four visits depending on the severity of your buildup. We will complete the process by polishing your teeth, and may suggest cleanings every three to four months afterward. If you have any questions, then contact our team today!

Your Richfield, MN Dentist’s Office Will Clean Your Smile

At our Richfield, MN dentist’s office, our team wants to offer treatments that help you avoid serious oral health problems. To find out more about our approach to general and preventive dental care, then please call Cedar West Family Dentistry at (612) 861-7188.