Professional Teeth Cleaning in Winchester VA
It is important to have regular dental cleanings and check ups. Routine dental visits help improve a persons oral health and keep teeth strong and healthy. Having regular teeth cleanings, done by a dental professional, can remove plaque build up especially from areas that are hard to reach. Plaque build up occurs in those areas that get missed during regular brushing or flossing. Removing plaque properly, and by a dental professional, will help prevent little problems from turning into big problems.
Everyone forms plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that continuously forms on the surface of teeth as well as in between teeth. After eating or drinking, plaque forms from the saliva and leftover food particles in the mouth. Plaque contains millions of bacteria which collect on and in between teeth. If the bacteria deposits are not removed, through brushing, flossing and routine dental cleanings, they can cause calculus, tooth decay, or gum disease.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
A majority of people who come into our dental office think dental cleanings only polish the tooth enamel above the gum line. Dental cleanings actually do more than just polish the enamel. Problem causing plaque exists on and between teeth as well as below the gum line. If plaque and calculus are not removed, the bacteria can destroy the bone supporting the teeth. This can result in the teeth becoming mobile or being lost.
There are different types of dental cleanings and dental care. The care that is best for a patient will be determined by the dentist during a dental exam.
Here are several to consider:
Prophy: Or prophylaxis cleaning is a cleaning done by the dentist or hygienist. During this procedure plaque, calculus, and surface stains are removed from the teeth above the gum line. During a prophy cleaning the bacteria below the gum line is not removed. In most cases a prophy is a cleaning that most insurance companies cover.
Scaling & Root Planing: When plaque, bacteria, and calculus form below the gum line to the point where brushing and flossing cannot remove it effectively, scaling and root planning may be the recommended treatment. Patients who are diagnosed with periodontal disease require treatment above and below the gum line to address infected areas. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that removes bacteria and smooth’s out exposed root surfaces.
Gingivitis Therapy: Red and swollen gums that frequently bleed after brushing or flossing could be a sign of gingivitis. Patients diagnosed with gingivitis, may need additional treatment to remove plaque build up on the teeth and just below the gum line. Gingivitis Is a reversible form of gum disease, if it is addressed quickly and properly treated.
Periodontal / Gum Maintenance
It is recommended that patients who have undergone treatment for periodontal disease receive periodontal maintenance. Periodontal maintenance is the periodic removal of bacteria, plaque and calculus from above and below the gum line. Periodontal disease is a chronic disease, and to ensure that the disease remains inactive, a patient must receive constant monitoring and maintenance. Routine periodontal maintenance cleanings may be prescribed by the dentist to help manage the disease and keep it from becoming worse.
Regular teeth cleanings are extremely important to maintaining good oral hygiene and health. Combining routine cleanings and check ups, with good oral hygiene at home, can help prevent dental decay, bad breath, gum disease and can keep teeth healthy and strong.
Call Apple Blossom Dentistry today at (540) 667-3267 to schedule a teeth cleaning and restore your smile. We love our patients and always strive to provide friendly and professional dental care in a very comfortable environment. We focus on family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and all your dental needs.