Prevention and early detection are the key to avoiding tooth decay and gum disease. 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, performed by a registered dental hygienist, are a crucial part of preventive dental care. No matter how diligent you are in your home dental care regimen, you should still get a dental exam and cleaning at least twice per year. The importance of regular dental exams cannot be overemphasized. Dental exams are the cornerstone of good dental health.
A professional cleaning removes dental plaque (also called calculus or 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 polish the teeth and floss.
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 the deep cleaning, a local anesthetic will be used. Calculus, plaque, bacteria and debris will be removed above and below the gum line. It is possible that a follow-up appointment will be made to ensure the teeth and gums are healthier.
The objective of scaling & root planning is to remove etiologic agents which cause inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and surrounding bone. Common etiologic agents removed by this conventional periodontal therapy include dental plaque and tartar (calculus).
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.