Brushing and flossing after every meal is essential to good dental health, but it isn’t sufficient. Despite your best efforts, you may accumulate plaque and unsightly tartar that can erode tooth enamel, making you more susceptible to gingivitis, cavities, and tooth infections. As part of your bi-annual dental examination, Dr. Grace Lopez and the dedicated staff at Coral Bay Smiles are happy to help you deep clean your teeth and gums with a professional cleaning. They serve residents in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, area. For a brighter, cleaner smile, call the office today, or use the handy online form.
Regular toothbrushing and flossing after meals is essential for removing food particles and to sweep away plaque — the sticky, bacteria-filled film that coats our teeth.
Plaque causes the bacteria in food to release acids that attack the enamel on your teeth. Over time, the acid erodes the enamel, forming tiny holes called cavities. Bacteria can pass through the cavities into the nerve- and vessel-rich pulp, which may become infected.
Plaque that isn’t removed can harden into a brown crusty covering called tartar. Both plaque and tartar can lodge under the gum line, leading to gingivitis, otherwise known as gum infection.
You cannot remove tartar with a toothbrush or dental floss; it must be chipped off with special scaling tools in the dentist’s office.
During a regular, biannual checkup and dental examination, you receive a professional cleaning that includes high-powered brushing, plus a scaling procedure that removes surface tartar from the teeth.
However, if you have tartar underneath the gumline, or if your gums are pulling away from your teeth or show signs of infection, a deep cleaning is necessary to avoid permanent gum degradation, bone loss, and tooth loss.
A periodontal evaluation and radiographs allow your hygienist and your dentist to properly diagnose the status of your bone and gums. If your gums are infected and there is bone loss, a deep cleaning procedure is the only way in dentistry to eliminate accumulated bacteria, plaque, tartar and active gum infection in efforts to avoid further bone loss and gum infection. If bone loss is too advanced, evident tooth mobility, and visible plaque and bleeding, Dr. Grace Lopez may refer you to the specialist of the gums to be properly treated.
In a deep cleaning, your dentist and hygienist use scaling tools that scrape plaque away from underneath the gumline, cleaning all the way to the bottom of the gum pockets that form when your gums pull away from your teeth.
Next, a planing tool reshapes the roots of the teeth so that the gums can once again adhere to the teeth. Deep cleaning with scaling and planing may require a local anesthetic and more than one office visit.
Deep cleaning can stave off the development of chronic periodontitis, a gum disease that affects 47.2% of United States residents over the age of 30.
You only have one set of teeth. Ensure that you’ll keep them for life by scheduling regular professional dental cleanings. Dr. Grace Lopez and her team at Coral Bay Smiles are committed to making you feel comfortable and relaxed whether you’re in need of a cleaning and/or other cosmetic and functional dental procedures. Call today to begin scheduling your maintenance cleanings, or use the handy online form.