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How Does a Cleaning Help Prevent Gum Disease?

January 9, 2019

Have you scheduled a dental cleaning for 2019 yet? We often urge our patients in Kansas City, MO, to see the dentist for a cleaning in order to protect themselves from gum disease and other serious concerns. How does having your teeth cleaned help safeguard smiles against periodontal problems? How often should someone have one performed?

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When Should My Teeth Be Cleaned?

For adults, we recommend a visit every six months. For children, we again recommend a visit twice a year, starting at around age three. Patients of all ages benefit from having plaque and tartar removed from their smile. Now, should we discover you have high risk factors for developing gum disease, then we may suggest a visit every three to four months.

Preventing Gum Disease

How does this procedure prevent gum disease? Well, periodontal disease begins as inflammation, which often occurs due to plaque buildup. As bacteria break down food particles, a bacterial byproduct begins to coat the teeth. Known as plaque (or tartar in the calcified form) the buildup inflames gum tissue. Having your teeth cleaned involves the use of an ultrasonic scaler or manual tool to remove the buildup from on and between the teeth. The procedure only takes a few minutes, and helps safeguard the gums against inflammation. In addition, the procedure also reduces the risk of tooth decay and infection. Following the procedure, we will also polish your teeth, leaving you with a brighter smile.

Don’t Ignore Signs of Trouble

If you attend regular six-month checkups and cleanings, then we will uncover any signs of trouble in the earliest stages, reversing gingivitis before periodontal disease develops or stopping the formation of tooth decay. However, if you don’t have time to see us regularly then you need to be aware of the warning signs of these two serious issues. People with burgeoning tooth decay may encounter tooth sensitivity and toothaches. People with gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease may notice their gums feel sore, appearance red, or bleed easily. Don’t ignore changes to your gums or discomfort, let us know right away. We can then offer a diagnosis and recommend the best treatment options to ensure you continue to enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule a checkup and cleaning for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.

Do You Need Your Teeth Cleaned?

We want to help you enjoy better oral health in 2019, starting with routine preventive care. Whether you need a checkup and cleaning, or you have an issue you feel requires immediate attention, we’re here to help. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.