Professional dental cleaning helps to remove the debris left in teeth that can cause dental problems down the road. During this session, the dentist can check for any signs of dental decay or gum disease. We will use special tools to clean your teeth and remove plaque and tartar.
The American Dental Association recommends having a professional dental cleaning at least twice per year. If you have a history of periodontal disease or other dental conditions, you may need to schedule cleanings more often.
What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth after eating. Bacteria in the mouth combine with the sugars in food to form plaque. When you eat, plaque starts forming on your teeth within 20 minutes. Plaque that is not removed hardens into tartar, which is a hard substance that damages the gums and teeth.
Why is plaque a problem?
Plaque and tartar harbor bacteria, which eat away your tooth enamel and cause cavities. They also irritate your gums, causing gum disease.
That’s why it’s important to visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings to remove plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
What is prophylaxis?
Prophylaxis, or dental cleanings, are a very important part of your preventative care. Even patients who brush and floss every day need professional cleaning to remove hardened plaque and tartar from areas your toothbrush and floss can’t reach.
What is involved in dental cleaning?
The dental cleaning procedure starts with a comprehensive dental exam by the dentist. The dentist will determine the type of cleaning needed, and may recommend a deep dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that is difficult to reach.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning procedures carried out on your teeth. We will use specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and below the gumline.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.