A dental cleaning is one of the most common preventive treatments available. While a dental cleaning may not seem like a very important procedure, a cleaning actually helps stave off the onset of gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, dental cleanings also promote a beautiful looking smile.
What is a Dental Cleaning?
A dental cleaning involves your Astoria NY dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, removing plaque from the surface of your teeth. Dr. Leibowitz may use an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque with gentle vibrations. For minor plaque buildup, your Astoria NY dentist may select a manual scaler instead. Removing plaque helps address minor teeth stains, improves the freshness of your breath, and even aids in the prevention of gum disease.
Plaque Buildup and Gum Disease
Plaque buildup actually inflames the gums. Without treatment, gum inflammation often causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gumline. Once bacteria invade these pockets, periodontal disease may form. Over time, gum disease begins eating away at the connective tissue between the teeth and gums, increasing the risk of tooth loss. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include sore, red gums that bleed easily and loose teeth. To ensure the stability and integrity of your smile, always undergo a routine dental cleaning.
Protecting Your Smile
Plaque also increases the risk of tooth decay. Plaque is a byproduct of bacteria, weakening the outer enamel and causing enamel erosion. Soon, bacteria can reach the sensitive inner tooth structure, causing a cavity to form. Soon, the cavity may lead to tooth sensitivity, toothaches, and an elevated chance of developing infection. To protect the health and appearance of your teeth and gums, always attend a dental cleaning once every six months, as recommended by the American Dental Association. If you need to schedule a dental cleaning, contact your Astoria NY dentist today.
About Dr. Leibowitz:
Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, a native New Yorker, has served patients and families from Astoria, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all surrounding communities since opening his dental practice in 1991. To schedule an appointment at our Astoria dentist’s office, contact us at (718) 728-8320 today.