Cleanings and Gum Disease Prevention
Submitted on July 5, 2019
Why professional tooth cleaning?
Having good brushing and flossing habits are vital for maintaining a healthy smile. It is also important to see the dentist for regular teeth cleaning. Professional cleanings are effective at getting rid of the hard deposits that form on the teeth and that cannot be removed with merely a toothbrush. Getting rid of these deposits prevents gum disease—the number one cause of tooth loss.
Our gentle and thorough cleanings
Our friendly hygienist provides gentle and thorough cleanings using both hand instruments as well as an ultrasonic scaler. Ultrasonic scalers use high-frequency sound waves to remove buildup. The ultrasonic scaler cleans more deeply and quickly compared to conventional scaling instruments, and you will be kept comfortable throughout the process.
Helping you maintain a healthy smile
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day; once in the morning and once before bedtime. However, a recent survey revealed that only 7 out of 10 Americans brush their teeth twice a day and that over 20 percent of Americans neglect daily flossing.
Poor oral habits are not just a result of laziness. People sometimes lack real education on proper oral care. Our hygienist takes the needed time to show you the best techniques for brushing and flossing your teeth. Depending on your needs, she will educate you on any other important aspects of home oral care.
Signs of gum disease
Gum disease is not always easy to detect, which is why it is vital to schedule regular check-ups. Here are some symptoms of gum disease:
- red or swollen gums
- gums bleed during or after you brush your teeth
- gums look like they have receded from the teeth or teeth that appear longer than usual
- sensitive teeth
- teeth that have shifted position
- teeth that have become loose
- bad breath that does not go away
- a lingering bad taste in your mouth
- painful chewing
- an abscess that originates from below your gum line
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, please call us right away so that we can give you a thorough dental exam and evaluation.
To make an appointment, call 408‑831‑0030 or click here to request an appointment online.