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Improve Your Smile With a Cleaning

June 16, 2021

We want to see you every six months, not just for an exam, but for a cleaning too. The process removes plaque and tartar, which keeps your smile strong and helps fight cavities and periodontal disease. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist wants to help you improve your smile during a routine preventive dental treatment.

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The Risks of Plaque and Tartar

When we eat and drink, particles become left behind on and between our teeth. What we don’t remove when we brush and floss could remain trapped between teeth. Bacteria will then consume these particles, in the process coating the teeth in a bacterial byproduct known as plaque, which hardens over time into tartar. Plaque is a source of bad breath, teeth stains, and could even weaken enamel and inflame gum tissues, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove plaque and tartar, instead you need a professional cleaning!

Keeping Teeth Clean

We offer this as part of our routine checkup visits. Our team will use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. The procedure only takes a few minutes, and is crucial for keeping your smile strong and healthy. Routine visits every six to have buildup removed could prevent gum disease and help avoid the onset of cavities, and even improve the overall esthetics of your smile. The last step of the process is thoroughly polishing the smile for a brighter appearance. We suggest these visits for kids and adults alike!

Deep Cleaning

We also have a deep cleaning, known as a scaling and root planing. The process uses the ultrasonic scale to remove buildup from both the teeth and roots, and is used for reversing gingivitis or managing gum disease to prevent the later stages linked to tooth loss. You may need one if you have sore, red gums that bleed easily. The procedure could take one visit, or up to four, depending on the extent of your buildup. Afterward, we again polish the teeth. Afterward, we may suggest a regular cleaning every three to four months to protect your periodontal health. If you have any questions about how we keep your smiles healthy and strong, or about whether you need a scaling and root planing, then contact our team today.

Ready to Schedule a Visit?

Our team would like to help you maintain good oral health with a dental cleaning. To learn more about our general and preventive dental treatments or to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.