in Pembroke Pines, FL
Having your teeth professionally cleaned is one of the ways you can ensure that your natural teeth will last a lifetime. Most dentists recommend you have a professional cleaning every six months. However, some patients need a cleaning every four months to prevent tartar build-up.
What is included during a professional teeth cleaning?
We start by removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth, and will also polish them. Plaque is a film of sticky bacteria that forms on your teeth after you eat food. The bacteria in plaque will attack your teeth and weaken them by breaking down the outer layer of enamel. Plaque can also give you a periodontal disease if left on your teeth too long. Our teeth cleanings remove all the plaque from your teeth.
Tartar forms when plaque is left to harden on your teeth. Tartar can make your gums bleed and is a large contributor to periodontal disease. Tartar can only be removed with special dentist tools, and so it’s very important that you have regular cleanings. Finally, we will polish your teeth to remove the small stains and leftover plaque. During routine teeth cleaning, the dentist will also check your mouth to make sure everything looks normal and healthy. If the dentist thinks you would benefit from a fluoride treatment, you will be offered a fluoride treatment as well. Usually once a year, we take x-rays to check for potential problems before they develop into real problems such as cavities, wisdom teeth erupting or other issues.
Not removing the plaque and tartar can result in halitosis (bad breath), tooth decay, swollen and bleeding gums and gum disease. In between your professional cleanings, it is very important to brush and floss every day.
Plaque can build up quickly and turn into tartar before you know it, so it’s important not to miss a session. If you think it’s time for a teeth cleaning of your own or for somebody you know, get in touch with us today. Your oral health is very important. And preventive care is the best type of care.