During your six-month checkup visits, we always administer a treatment designed specifically to remove plaque buildup, leaving your teeth smooth and bright, and lowering the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. However, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist offers two different options, a traditional cleaning and a deep one. Which is the right choice for your smile?
The Dangers Posed by Plaque Buildup
Plaque develops when bacteria consumes food particles that remain on and between your teeth. Bacteria especially love sugary and starchy particles! As they consume these particles, this elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque. Over time, the layer grows more substantial and could harden into tartar. Unless removed, the layer begins to weaken tooth enamel, increasing the risk of tooth decay. The buildup also inflames gum tissues, leading to higher chances of gingivitis and gum disease developing. Brushing and flossing, as well as a healthy diet, help reduce the severity of the buildup at home, but you still need a routine visit to remove this layer completely.
Every six months, we want to see you for an exam. After we take a detailed look at your smile with advanced technology, we will know if you need treatment for issues like tooth decay or gum disease. In the same visit, we also clean your teeth. Using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, we carefully remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. The process only takes a few minutes, but helps preserve the health and beauty of your smile. We then polish the teeth for a smoother finish. The visit also helps improve the freshness of your breath, and keeps your teeth bright!
Scaling and Root Planing
If you have severe buildup and the warning signs of gingivitis or gum disease, which includes sore, red, and bleeding gums, then you may need a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, this procedure involves carefully removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and the roots with an ultrasonic scaling device. For some, this could take one visit, but others may need up to four if the buildup is substantial. Again, we then polish the teeth to complete the visit. The procedure allows us to reverse gingivitis or manage gum disease, and you may need regular cleanings every three to four months afterward.
Be Sure to Schedule Your Next Visit Soon
We want to help you avoid the onset of serious complications with routine preventive visits. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.