We need to brush and floss daily to keep your smile healthy and strong. But that is not enough to address major plaque buildup! For that, you need a professional cleaning. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist talks about the benefits of a professional dental cleaning every six months.
The Onset of Plaque Buildup
Over time, the particles left behind on and between the teeth by the foods and drinks we consume could be broken down by bacteria. Once this occurs, the teeth are coated in a layer of bacterial buildup known as plaque, which will harden with time into tartar. These layers could weaken and erode the outer enamel, exposing the inner dentin and allowing a cavity to form. The same layers also increase the risk of bad breath, teeth stains, gingivitis, and even gum disease. While brushing and flossing can control the severity of the buildup, you need a dental cleaning to completely remove the layers.
We agree with the American Dental Association (ADA): People need to have their teeth cleaned every six months as part of their routine exam visits. The process is simple, with our team removing the layers of plaque and tartar gently and thoroughly with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick. Once we remove these layers, we then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance. By brushing and flossing daily, and then seeing us for a cleaning every six months, you control and remove the buildup to safeguard your overall oral health.
Scaling and Root Planings
But what if you already have the symptoms of gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, such as sore, red gums that bleed easily? If so, then you may need a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. Using the same tools as a regular cleaning appointment, our team will remove all plaque and tartar from both the teeth and the roots. This could take one visit or up to four, it depends on the severity of the buildup. We may also administer a numbing agent if needed to keep you comfortable.
A visit now is a chance to undergo any necessary treatments and exams before the holiday season complicates your schedule and your ability to see us is reduced. You can also use your remaining 2022 dental insurance benefits and health savings account funds before they expire at midnight on December 31st.
Do You Have Questions About Protecting Your Smile?
We would like to help you maintain strong and healthy smiles. If you would like to learn more about how to protect your teeth and gums, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.