Prevention and early detection are key to avoiding tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Daily brushing and flossing are a good way to keep teeth and gums healthy. However, these habits alone are not enough to hold back gum disease, decaying teeth, and maintain overall health.
Regular dental cleanings by our registered dental hygienist are a crucial part of preventive dental care. No matter how brush and floss daily, you should still get a dental exam and cleaning at least twice a year. Regular dental exams and their importance for oral health can't be over emphasized, they are the cornerstone of good dental health.
A professional cleaning removes dental plaque, calculus, and tartar that builds up in hard to reach places. The hygienist will use a scaler to scrape tartar off of teeth above and below the gum line. The hygienist will then floss and polish your teeth.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling & Root Planing)
Sometimes a deep cleaning will be necessary. A deep cleaning (or scaling and root planning) removes calculus (tartar), bacteria, and debris from the pocket area between the teeth and gums. The presence of tartar in this pocket area or below the gum lie allows bacteria to collect that cannot be removed by home care of even a regular cleaning. It is important to remove this bacteria as it can cause inflammation, leading to bone and tooth loss.
During a deep cleaning, a local anesthetic will be used to keep you as comfortable as possible. Calculus, plaque, bacteria and debris will then be removed above and scraped from below the gum line. A follow-up appointment may be suggested to ensure that the teeth and gums are healthier and back on the road to good oral health. Scaling & root planning removes the etiologic agents which cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Regular dental cleanings are a part of keeping your overall health at optimal levels. Schedule a visit today with Green Family Dental in El Paso, TX by calling us today at (915) 778-4681, or fill out the form on this page.