Teeth Cleaning in Winchester VA
Regular dental visits are very important because they keep your teeth and gums healthy. Only a dental professional can remove plaque build-up from those hard-to-reach places that regular brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Everyone has plaque. It’s that sticky film of bacteria that will form on your teeth and multiplies deep and below the gum line. When you eat or drink, some of these particles will become stuck on and around your teeth. If you do not remove these, the bacteria in your mouth will break down the particles into acids and those acids will eat away at the enamel and cause tooth decay. Plaque not only causes cavities, it also will cause periodontal (gum) disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Professional Teeth Cleaning & Gum Therapy
Many people who come in to our Winchester VA dental office think of “teeth cleaning” as just the polishing of the tooth enamel above the gum line. But problem-causing plaque often exists below the gum line, too. If the bacteria are not removed, it can destroy the bone supporting your teeth, thus causing the teeth to loosen and fall out.
The type and frequency of the type of teeth cleaning and dental care you need depends on your dentist’s diagnosis.
Prophy: Patients who just need to have their teeth cleaned above the gum line to remove plaque, calculus and surface stains receive a prophylaxis teeth cleaning. This type of treatment does not address periodontal or gum conditions.
Gingivitis Therapy: Patients diagnosed with gingivitis, a reversible form of gum disease, may need additional services to remove plaque build-up on the teeth and just below the gum line.
Scaling & Root Planing (SRP): Patients diagnosed with active periodontal (gum) disease require treatment above and below the gum line to treat the infection. These patients typically receive SRP, a non-surgical treatment that removes bacteria and smooth’s out exposed root surfaces. Our dentist or hygienist at Apple Blossom Dentistry may also apply an antibiotic to treat the infection causing bacteria.
Periodontal disease is a systemic disease like diabetes that requires careful monitoring. Our dentist in Winchester VA, Dr. Haynie, may prescribe periodontal services and maintenance routine to provide dental cleanings above and below the gum line to help manage the disease and keep it from becoming worse.
Regular teeth cleanings at our dental office in Winchester VA, combined with good oral hygiene habits at home, can prevent dental decay, bad breath, gum disease, and help your overall health.
If you are looking for a dentist in Winchester, VA to have professional teeth cleaning performed, we invite you to contact our professional dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.
We love our patients and always strive to provide friendly and professional dental care in a very comfortable environment. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. Focusing on family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and all your dental needs. Call us at (540) 667-3267.