Professional Teeth Cleaning in Winchester VA
Regular dental visits are important because they keep your teeth and gums healthy. Only a dental professional can remove the plaque build up from areas that are very difficult to reach which regular brushing and flossing cannot get.
Everyone has plaque, which is the sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and multiplies deep below the gum line. When you eat or drink, some of the particles will stick on and around your teeth. If you do not remove these, the bacteria will break down the particles into acids, and those acids will eat away at the enamel which will cause tooth decay.
Plaque not only causes cavities, it also causes periodontal or gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Many people who come in to our dental office in Winchester VA, think of a teeth cleaning as only polishing the tooth enamel above the gum line. However, problem causing plaque often exists below the gum line as well. If the bacteria are not removed, it can destroy the bone supporting your teeth resulting in the teeth to loosen and fall out.
The type and frequency of the kind of teeth cleaning and dental care you need depends on your dentist’s diagnosis. Here are several to consider:
Prophy: Patients who only need to have their teeth cleaned above the gum line to remove plaque, calculus and surface stains receive a prophylaxis teeth cleaning – the kind that most insurance companies cover. This type of treatment does not address gum conditions.
Scaling & Root Planing: Patients diagnosed with active periodontal disease require treatment above and below the gum line to address the infection. These patients typically receive scaling and root planing, a non-surgical treatment that removes bacteria and smooth’s out exposed root surfaces. Our Winchester VA dentist or hygienist may also apply an antibiotic to treat the bacteria.
Gingivitis Therapy: Patients diagnosed with gingivitis, a reversible form of gum disease, may need additional services to remove plaque build up on the teeth and just below the gum line.
Periodontal / Gum Maintenance
Periodontal disease is a systemic disease like diabetes that requires careful monitoring. Our dentist in Winchester VA may prescribe a periodontal maintenance routine which provides dental cleanings above and below the gum line to help manage the disease and keep it from becoming worse.
Regular teeth cleanings at our Winchester VA dentist office, combined with good oral hygiene routines at home can prevent dental decay, bad breath, gum disease, and help your overall health.
Call Apple Blossom Dentistry today at (540) 667-3267 to schedule a teeth cleaning and restore your smile. We love our patients and always strive to provide friendly and professional dental care in a very comfortable environment. We focus on family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and all your dental needs.