Even if you are vigilantly brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day (especially before bed), you may still have some tartar and plaque buildup. A professional cleaning can make sure that any calcified particles are removed from your teeth. It can reach places that you may be missing during your routine. A professional can identify nooks and crannies that can sometimes be created by crooked teeth, and make sure that no bacteria is hiding there. A professional cleaning also allows for any potential problems to be identified. Your dentist or hygienist may recommend a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and planing, if there are signs of gum disease.
Some people are more prone to tooth decay than others, even some of those who have a strong oral hygiene routine. This predisposition can be caused by genetics or lifestyle factors. Even other health problems and medications can leave you at a higher risk for tooth decay. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can create tiny cracks that bacteria can thrive in causing tooth decay. Regular cleanings can be especially important to those at a higher risk of developing tooth decay. Without regular cleanings, it is more likely for tooth decay to progress. Tooth decay can cause a cavity which can lead to infection in the inner pulp and roots of the tooth which can lead to a necessary extraction.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria getting under the gums and causing problems. Regular cleanings involve cleaning around the gum line, which can keep gum disease at bay. If a deep cleaning is recommended for you, that means there are already signs of gum disease. A deep cleaning is also known as a root planing and scaling, and it involves an extensive cleaning under the gums. This perio cleaning may involve a smoothing and polishing of tooth’s root surfaces, if the damage is that extensive. The process may take more than one visit. With advanced technology of an ultrasonic scaler, the process can be more comfortable than traditional periodontal cleanings once were.
Cleanings can save your teeth and gums
To schedule a consultation, cleaning, or deep cleaning, call Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, TX, at 972-335-7100. We proudly welcome patients from Frisco and all surrounding communities, including Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Carrollton, Lewisville, and more.