How Removing Plaque Protects Your Smile

kahoka plaque buildupDo you really need a dental cleaning if you brush and floss daily? You do! To remove all harmful layers of plaque and tartar, we need a professional cleaning procedure every six months. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist is going to talk about the value of seeing is to have buildup removed completely from your smile.

The Causes of Plaque and Tartar

Plaque is a bacterial buildup that occurs as harmful oral bacteria break down and consume the particles left behind by the foods and drinks we enjoy, particularly sugary and starchy items. Over time, plaque will harden into tartar. The buildup cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone, and unless removed, the buildup could mean an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and teeth stains. Along with brushing and flossing, you can reduce your buildup severity by cutting back on sugary foods and drinks!

Routine Six-Month Cleanings

To completely remove these layers, you need to see us for a dental cleaning every six months! During the procedure, we will employ an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all layers. We then polish the teeth thoroughly to leave a smooth finish and brighter appearance. We want to see kids two and older every six months, as well as teens and adults too! During the same visit, we will examine the smile with digital technology to help identify possible risk factors and keep smiles strong and healthy.

Scaling and Root Planings

But what if your buildup has led to gingivitis, or the early stages of gum disease? At this stage, you could exhibit red gums that feel sore and of course, bleed easily. To reverse gingivitis or to begin managing gum disease to prevent worsening issues, such as tooth loss, we need to perform a scaling and root planing. We remove this from the both the roots and the teeth, and the process is more involved, so it could require between one and four visits. Afterward, we may suggest a routine cleaning every three to four months to manage your periodontal health.

If you have any questions about your gum health, or about the care needed to remove these layers and safeguard your oral health, then please contact our team today to learn more. We would love to start you on the path toward a healthy and strong smile!

Does Your Smile Need a Cleaning?

When we remove harmful buildup, we help safeguard smiles against tooth decay and gum disease. To learn more about keeping teeth bright and strong, then please contact your Kahoka, MO dentist at Barbour Dental today. Contact our office at 660-727-4746 to schedule your visit with our team.