Your smile is one of your most valuable assets. Healthy, clean and stain-free teeth make for a smile that stands out. While your smile is important, the health of your gums and teeth should always be the priority in regards to keeping your teeth clean. Over time, bacteria from the food you eat cause a buildup of plaque to form on your teeth. As the layer of plaque grows thicker, it becomes tartar (or calculus) and soon builds up between teeth and around the gum line. In many cases, this solid layer of calculus leads to gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease.
With a single visit to our San Jose, CA dental practice, we can ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy, and greatly reduce the chances of gum disease occurring in future.
Isn’t brushing and flossing enough?
Regular flossing and brushing does remove plaque. However, in the event that the buildup of plaque becomes so severe that it solidifies into tartar, no amount of brushing or flossing will help.
What does the procedure entail?
Also referred to by dental professionals as “dental prophylaxis”, teeth cleaning is a relatively pain-free procedure. First, your dental hygienist will scale your teeth, meaning they will remove the tartar by scraping it away with a tool. Next, your hygienist will polish your teeth and remove any stains, thus improving both your smile and your oral health.
The benefits of teeth cleaning
Dentists recommend that you have your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist twice annually. However, even just one cleaning session in your lifetime can have a long-lasting effect. Clean teeth means that you’ll:
- Have a more beautiful smile.
- Avoid bad breath caused by infection and rotting food particles.
- Keep the risk of gum disease and tooth loss at a minimum.
- Never have to see those unsightly plaque formations again.
If you feel your teeth might need to be cleaned, call us or visit our dental practice. We’ll have your smile gleaming again in no time at all.