DENTAL CLEANINGS FOR A HEALTHY MOUTH
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy doesn’t just mean having a bright, confident smile. A dental prophylaxis, or healthy mouth cleaning, is key for preventing the development of gum disease and tooth decay. Research shows that true prevention means undergoing this procedure every three to six months to keep bacteria from building up on surfaces like tartar and plaque. These can lead to infected, inflamed sore spots if left untreated over time. Not only does this treatment result in fresher breath, but whiter smiles as well!
During a professional dental cleaning, Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Amanda del Cueto at Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, will perform a thorough exam of the mouth, where they can screen for systemic conditions and detect problems like cavities in their earliest stages.
WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?
Gingivitis is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissue. Some typical symptoms and signs of gingivitis include swelling, redness, or even some gum tissue bleeding when brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is completely preventable and even curable, while more advanced gum disease cannot be cured. Some steps to prevent gingivitis include:
- Daily flossing
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Regular dental checkups and professional dental cleanings
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A DENTAL CLEANING
During your dental cleaning, you can expect a thorough evaluation, periodontal probing to measure the health of the gums, removal of both plaque and tartar, and dental X-rays to monitor tooth decay and any other infections.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PROPHY AND THE SCALING AND ROOT PLANING TREATMENT?
A prophy is done to remove plaque and tartar from the gumline of a healthy smile, while scaling and root planing are done to remove film and bacteria from underneath the gumline of a smile that has been diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontal disease.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH?
- Fluoride Trays
- Oral probiotics
SCHEDULE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANING TODAY!
Give our team at Gentle Dentistry of Tampa, FL, a call today at (813) 734-7102 to schedule an appointment for your dental cleaning and examination.