While brushing and flossing twice a day keeps your teeth and gums healthy, you still need regular dental cleanings to remove plaque and bacteria from your smile. Nate Gunning, DDS, and the experienced dental team at Signature Smiles Dentistry in Parker, Colorado, perform dental cleanings with a gentle touch. Their friendly, professional dental hygienist uses laser technology to effectively perform teeth cleanings without pain or discomfort. Call Signature Smiles Dentistry today, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
A dental cleaning is a preventive treatment to remove plaque and bacteria that naturally builds up on your teeth and gums over time. These routine cleanings help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other concerning dental problems.
You should visit Signature Smiles Dentistry for a dental cleaning at least once every six months, in addition to your twice-daily brushing and flossing routine.
There are two main types of dental cleanings:
During a regular dental cleaning, your Signature Smiles Dentistry hygienist removes soft plaque and hard plaque (tartar) from your teeth before polishing them to eliminate unwanted stains. She also brushes and flosses your teeth, so they feel as clean as possible when you leave the office.
If you have plaque and bacteria beneath the gum line, the team performs a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing. During a deep cleaning, your hygienist inserts a special tool through your gum line to remove plaque and bacteria. Once the area is completely clean and disinfected, she smooths out the roots to reattach your gums.
The experienced hygienist at Signature Smiles Dentistry can also perform a deep cleaning with a diode laser, particularly if you have advanced gum disease. Diode lasers remove damaged and infected tissue while promoting your body’s natural healing response.
Regular dental cleanings are important for protecting and improving your oral health. Without these routine cleanings, plaque and bacteria can accumulate beneath your gum line, where they become trapped in small pockets. These pockets of plaque raise your risk of gum disease.
Along with gum disease, plaque and bacteria can lead to tooth decay. Even if you regularly brush and floss, you can’t reach the small crevices of your teeth like an experienced hygienist.
The team doesn’t just clean your teeth and gums at a dental cleaning, they also perform a full dental exam to evaluate the health of your mouth. During your exam, you can expect the following:
A dental cleaning is the perfect time to ask questions and talk to the team about any concerns regarding your oral health.
To schedule a comprehensive dental cleaning with the team, call Signature Smiles Dentistry or book an appointment online today.