While dental exams are important to preventive dentistry, dental cleanings share equal priority. Your gums and their connective tissues keep teeth stable, strong, and able to function well. When bad bacteria settle in at the gum line, they begin to erode the gums and connective tissues, while creating pockets of infection. The periodontal pockets indicate the presence of gum disease, a chronic and progressive condition that can lead to tooth loss, as well as an increased risk for many systemic health problems. If you’ve not had dental cleanings recently, call Value Dental Center in Queen Creek, AZ now to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you deter or manage gum disease, so you can enjoy a strong, healthy smile.
Your Hygiene Appointment
Patients who visit the dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning, and who have not been diagnosed with gum disease, may be eligible for a standard dental cleaning, following their bi-annual checkup. Those who have gum disease may need to schedule a separate appointment for a deep cleaning, if advised by the dentist.
A standard cleaning is conducted with one of our gentle, competent, and highly trained dental hygienists. You’ll be made comfortable in the dental chair, then you and the hygienist will discuss any concerns you have about your oral health. Specifically trained in detecting and treating gum issues, the hygienist is well equipped to provide you with suggestions for which home oral care products would best suit your case. She can walk through best practices for brushing and flossing, and using a tongue scraper.
The Cleaning Itself
To begin the clinical phase of your appointment, the hygienist will probe your gums at the base of each tooth, then chart periodontal pocket depths. A pocket at your gum line deeper than .3mm indicates the presence of gum disease. In the earliest stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis. As the condition worsens, pockets deepen, infection grows, and the disease is deemed advanced periodontitis. Without professional intervention, gum disease can cause tooth looseness and loss. In fact, gum disease is the primary reason adult Americans lose teeth. If you have gum disease, you’ll need a separate appointment for a deep cleaning, which involves periodontal scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line.
After charting pocket depths, the hygienist will use manual or ultrasonic scaling to remove plaque, the sticky, yellow, naturally occurring bacterial substance that grows on human teeth. She’ll also remove tartar, which is calcified plaque that you cannot remove with regular brushing and flossing. Eradicating plaque and tartar, then polishing, will leave your teeth clean and silky smooth.
Schedule a Hygiene Visit Now
Every six months, you need to visit the hygienist for a cleaning, to maintain healthy gums, fresh breath, and secure, reliable teeth. Our hygienists are ready to help you fight gum disease and enjoy the benefits of a smile that will last for years to come. Call Value Dental Center Queen Creek to reserve your dental cleaning today.