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The Benefits of Removing Plaque With a Cleaning

January 20, 2022
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In addition to a routine checkup, you also need a dental cleaning during the same visit to help protect your smile. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about when you require dental cleaning, and how removing plaque buildup could help prevent a host of complications, including tooth decay and gum disease.

The Risks of Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Plaque is a bacterial byproduct that forms as oral bacteria break down the particles from the foods and drinks we consume. These could cling to the teeth and become stuck between them. This is especially true for the particles from sugary and starchy foods and drinks. Over time, plaque will worsen and harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing can limit severity, but cannot remove the buildup. These layers then weaken and erode the outer layer and also irritate and inflame the gum tissues, boosting the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease. You could also be more likely to develop bad breath and stained teeth.

The Dental Cleaning Process

To completely remove the buildup and safeguard your oral health, you need to see us for a cleaning every six months. The procedure involves carefully removing all plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. We then polish the smile for a brighter appearance. The process helps people of all ages, and in the same visit we will examine your smile to undergo signs of concern in the early stages, treating your smile before you risk discomfort or even tooth loss!

Scaling and Root Planing

We also have a procedure known as a deep cleaning, which we recommend for people with the early stages of gingivitis or gum disease, such as sore, red, and bleeding gums. Treatment could reverse gingivitis, or manage gum disease to prevent periodontitis and tooth loss. We use the same tools, but we remove buildup from the roots as well. This could take one visit, or up to four if you have more severe cases of buildup. We then polish your smile and may suggest a routine cleaning every three to four months afterward to help manage your periodontal health and control the impact of the disease. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like gum disease, or about a preventive approach to protecting your gum health, then contact our team today. We would love to help you enjoy a full smile in 2022!

Talk to Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Removing Buildup

We would like to safeguard your smile with routine preventive dentistry. If you would like to learn more about our approach to protecting your smile, contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Lucaci, by calling 816-427-4018.