There is no doubt that proper at-home oral care plays a big role in keeping your smile beautiful and healthy. Even with the best practices at home, however, a professional dental cleaning twice a year is vital for keeping dental disease at bay. This is because even the most meticulous brushing and flossing at home will not remove all plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth and gum over time.
At Pinebrook Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of preventive services like dental cleanings to stay ahead of dental decay and gum disease, allowing you to avoid costly and complex dental treatments in the future.
Gum disease can have serious consequences for your oral health. If not caught in its early stages during routine cleanings, gum disease can lead to loosening or even loss of your teeth. In fact, almost half of adult Americans suffer from a more advanced form of gum disease.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning
During a professional dental cleaning, plaque, tartar, and stains are removed from your teeth. Plaque is a film made up of food debris and bacteria that form on all surfaces of the teeth throughout the day.
This biofilm is the major cause of dental decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing thoroughly twice a day will remove most of the plaque build up, but some are still left in hard-to-reach areas. When plaque is not removed in a timely fashion, it hardens into what is called tartar. Tartar is typically found above and below the gumline and is responsible for bad breath and gum disease.
Once formed, tartar can only be removed by a dental professional using special instruments. The final step of your professional dental cleaning is polishing. Polishing not only removes surface stains but also creates a smooth surface on your teeth to make it difficult for plaque to accumulate quickly.
Your Comprehensive Dental Exam
Professional dental cleanings and exams at Pinebrook Dentistry are performed by Dr. Gloria Kim. A thorough dental exam is performed to check for signs of dental decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.
A set of x-rays are taken at appropriate intervals to aid in identifying dental disease at its earliest stages. Dr. Kim also provides personalized at-home oral care recommendations for each patient depending on their specific areas of concern. In the presence of the more advanced form of gum disease, Dr. Kim will recommend deep cleaning on some or all areas of your mouth. Fluoride treatment and sealants may be recommended for children to prevent dental decay.
Dr. Gloria Kim is very caring and gentle, and she wants to make sure that you are comfortable while receiving a thorough dental cleaning. If needed, she will use a needle-free anesthetic to ensure that your cleanings are as pleasant as possible.
Please Call Us for An Appointment
Dental cleanings provide a simple way to prevent dental decay and gum disease from developing in the first place and give you a healthy smile that you can be proud of.
Please call our Chantilly, VA dental office, and a member of our team will help you set up your next dental cleaning and exam at a time that is convenient for you.