Over time, a variety of issues could lead to the buildup of tartar on the surfaces of your teeth. Unless removed, this buildup is linked to issues with the shade of your teeth, bad breath, and even cavities and gum disease. To remove the buildup and help preserve your smile, your Astoria, NY, dentist will provide a dental cleaning.
The Dangers of Worsening Plaque and Tartar
Poor oral hygiene is the main factor behind the buildup of plaque and tartar. When we eat foods high in sugar and starch, or beverages high in sugar, this leaves behind particles on and between the teeth, or trapped along the gum line, for bacteria to consume. Lack of proper brushing and flossing habits, and infrequent checkup and cleaning visits, means the plaque isn’t controlled or removed, and could worsen with time. As plaque hardens into tartar, this could weaken the protective layer of enamel and also irritate and inflame your gum tissues. The results could be a higher risk of cavities and infection, as well as gingivitis and gum disease! Not to mention bad breath and stained teeth.
Removing Plaque and Tartar
To remove the buildup, you need a professional cleaning. We offer these as part of your six-month checkup visit. Seeing us twice a year means we catch signs of trouble early, and that we remove buildup regularly enough to prevent weakened enamel or inflamed gum tissues. The process involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Next, we polish the teeth thoroughly, for a brighter appearance. The process only takes a few minutes, and is crucial for the continued health and beauty of your smile.
The Value of a Scaling and Root Planing
But what if you already have the warning signs of gum disease, such as sore, red gums that bleed easily? At this stage, controlling the disease and preventing worsening symptoms and complications, including tooth loss, means we need a more thorough cleaning. A scaling and root planing means we remove all buildup from both the teeth and the roots. The process could take one visit, or up to four, depending on the state of your smile. We then polish the teeth as usual. Afterward, regular cleanings every three to four months could help control the disease and keep your smile healthy and whole.
We Want to Help You Enjoy Bright, Healthy Smiles
Our team knows how to help lower your risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. To learn more about the process of removing harmful bacterial byproduct from your smile, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.