Coming to Smile Designers every six months for your cleaning ensures that you stay on top of your dental health. In addition to cleaning your teeth and gums, Dr. Thomas and our hygienists will review your medical history, perform an oral cancer screening, gum tissue probing, look for signs of gum/periodontal disease, remove plaque and calculus, polish your teeth, and do a thorough examination of your dental health.
Your hygienist will use a combination of hand instruments and state-of-the-art ultrasonic cleaners to remove the plaque and hardened tartar called calculus from the surface of your teeth. Calculus is very tough and impossible to remove on your own, so it’s important to that your hygienist cleans your teeth regularly.
When calculus builds up, it begins to irritate your gums and bone, causing inflammation. Initially, the inflammation is good because it brings a variety of antibodies and proteins to help combat the bacteria found in the calculus. However, when inflammation in your gums is persistent, your bone will begin to recede away from the area leaving your teeth increasingly less stable. If left untreated, this inflammation called periodontal disease, will cause significant bone loss and tooth loss. Advanced periodontitis can even let bacteria into the bloodstream and cause disease in your heart and other tissues. After all of the plaque is removed, your hygienist will polish your teeth to remove surface stains so they look whiter and brighter!
Reasons for a professional dental cleaning:
- Remove plaque, tartar, and calculus
- Reduce inflammation
- Minimize gingivitis and periodontal disease
- Whiten and enhance your smile
- Prevent bad breath (halitosis)
- Help you keep your teeth
- Help maintain overall health
We’d Like To Be Your Family’s Home For Gentle Dental Care in Marshall, MN!
Our friendly and professional team is eager to serve you. We offer convenient scheduling to cater to busy families like yours. Contact our office or call (507) 532-3353. One of our team members will happily help you schedule a convenient appointment time.