Dental Cleanings & Deep Cleanings
Routine Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings are the most important form of preventive general dentistry. At home, brushing and flossing removes plaque from your teeth. Plaque is the sticky film that adheres to your teeth and consists of harmful oral bacteria. Left unremoved, plaque hardens into tartar. At Hillside Dental, a cleaning removes tartar from your teeth and along your gum line. As part of your regular dental exams, dental cleanings help you prevent issues that could otherwise lead to the need for more extensive cosmetic or restorative treatment.
Deep Cleanings (Scaling and Root Planing)
While regular dental cleanings keep plaque and tartar off the crowns of your teeth (the visible portions), oral bacteria can sometimes work underneath your gums and onto your roots. The resulting infection, known as gingivitis, can cause rampant gum inflammation and eventually lead to gum disease—the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
If you exhibit signs of gingivitis, then Dr. Chris Martinez can recommend deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, to remove the bacterial plaque and tartar from underneath your gums. In most cases, we can perform ultrasonic scaling to break up plaque deposits easier and more comfortably. However, the procedure may still require more than one visit to complete.
Another benefit of treatment is protecting teeth against tooth loss. When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, the risk for periodontal disease increases. As pockets deepen, more bacteria are able to colonize, eventually causing a chronic inflammatory response by the body to destroy gingival and bone tissue. This leads to tooth loss.
Finally, scaling and root planing may make the mouth more aesthetically pleasing, and should reduce bad breath caused from food particles and bacteria in the oral cavity. Superficial stains on the teeth will be removed during scaling and planing, adding an extra bonus to the procedures.
We depend on our teeth for important daily activities like eating and speaking. At Hillside Dental, we know that having a healthy smile is important, so we recommend our patients visit us twice a year for regular and professional dental cleanings. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 915-500-3643, or filling out the form on this page.