Plaque and tartar are two of the largest threats to your oral health, especially if you already have periodontal disease. At Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants in Albany, New York, periodontists Reed Ference, DDS, MDS, and Sean Ference DDS, MDS, perform thorough teeth cleanings to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup before it has a chance to erode your oral health. Call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
A teeth cleaning, or prophylaxis treatment, is a procedure that removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth and gums. This treatment also includes a comprehensive dental exam to identify and monitor changes in your oral health.
Regular teeth cleanings are essential toward preventing oral health complications, such as periodontal disease. The team at Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants recommends visiting for a teeth cleaning at least twice a year for healthy patients and at least four times a year for patients with gum disease.
The first step of a teeth cleaning is performing a comprehensive dental exam. The team visually examines your teeth, gums, jaws, and neck during this thorough exam and will take measurements of your gum health. A dental exam allows the team to identify abnormal growths, swelling, and slow-healing sores.
Depending on your dental history, they may also take X-rays to view your tooth-supporting structures.
Next, the team uses special dental tools to perform the teeth cleaning. A professional teeth cleaning is the only way to remove hidden plaque and tartar that accumulates on your teeth. The team focuses on the bacteria around your gum line if you already struggle with periodontal issues, like gingivitis.
A comprehensive teeth cleaning always includes brushing and flossing with professional-grade tools. The team removes any leftover bacteria and food debris from your teeth before rinsing your mouth out.
They may also polish your teeth and give you a tooth-strengthening fluoride mouth rinse.
Regular teeth cleanings protect and improve your oral health. Common benefits of teeth cleanings include:
Removing plaque from your teeth and gums reduces your risk of many dental concerns. In addition to preventing gum disease, plaque removal protects against tooth decay (cavities). Healthy teeth that are free of decay are less vulnerable to erosion, chips, and cracks.
By eliminating decay from your teeth, a teeth cleaning also removes surface stains. These dark, yellow stains are aesthetic concerns for many individuals.
Halitosis (bad breath) is a telltale indicator of periodontal disease. It results from a combination of rotting food particles and the gum infection itself. Removing this debris can give you fresher breath and a healthier smile overall.
To learn more about teeth cleanings, call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants, or schedule an appointment online today.