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Dental Cleanings

Overview

Dental cleanings will reduce your potential for tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, plaque produces a foul odor, so when it is removed, your breath should be fresher. If your gums are red, tender, swollen, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease.

Logistics

To keep teeth and gums healthy, patients need a dental cleaning, or hygiene visit, every six months. At this appointment, a dental hygienist will assess your soft tissues, record her findings and compare them with your last visit, then remove plaque, tartar, and food particles from your teeth.

Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss for adults in the US, and it has been linked to systemic conditions, like heart disease, respiratory problems, and mental dysfunction. Eighty percent of American adults suffer from some form of this condition. If you show signs of gum disease, the hygienist will recommend a deep cleaning to remove plaque from below the gum line. Some patients benefit from special mouth rinses, antibiotic therapy, or habit changes to reduce gum disease. Regular maintenance visits are required to keep gums healthy and strong.

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