If you want to make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, you will need to have a great at-home dental cleaning regimen, and come into our dental practice, St. George Family Dental, for dental exams and cleanings. At our Fulton MO dental clinic, you can receive excellent preventive dentistry care which will include keeping dental plaque off your teeth.
When you come to our Fulton MO dental clinic for your biannual dental exam, our dentists will among other things, assess your gum health. If it is found that you have gingivitis, a common precursor to gum disease, our dentist will most likely recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months so that all dental plaque and tartar can be effectively removed from your teeth. During a dental exam, dental plaque is removed from your teeth, from between your teeth, and from just below the gum line. Dental plaque is an extremely sticky colorless film that sticks to teeth and causes dental cavities; materials that are found in the dental plaque will mix with the saliva and carbs in your mouth, and form dental acids which will eat through your tooth enamel. Regular dental cleanings will be very effective in removing dental plaque from your teeth so that you do not get dental cavities. Dental plaque can also cause gingivitis, a common precursor to gum disease, by irritating the gums along the gum line. When dental plaque stays on teeth for a period of time, it will turn into tartar. Tartar is a hard, mineralized substance that tightly adheres to teeth and can only be removed with dental cleanings. It encourages the development of deep pockets to form between the teeth and gums, and causes gum disease. If our dentist sees that you have deep pockets, he will probably recommend that you have a periodontal scaling and root planing treatment to clean out the deep pockets so that they can reduce in size.
To see our dentist at our Fulton MO dental clinic for a dental checkup, or for a dental cleaning, contact us today.