EXAM: X-Rays & Cleaning
Dental cleanings remove stain, plaque, and tartar for healthy gums and smile.
Are My Gums Healthy?
Healthy gums are pink colored, not red and not swollen. Gums that are swollen are inflamed and bleed easily. Gums become inflamed because plaque which consists of bacteria, constantly grows on teeth and gums. If plaque is not removed regularly by brushing and flossing, it accumulates and turns into tartar, also known as calculus. Tartar is hardened plaque, and usually has a brownish dark color. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing.
Red, Inflamed Gums
In-Office Dental Cleaning
Dental cleaning is a procedure performed at the dental office to clean teeth. At Give Dental, we use specialized equipment and instruments to remove tartar and polish your teeth.
Regular Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning
Depending on the severity and location of tartar build up, patients receive either a regular cleaning or a deep cleaning. A regular cleaning is removal of minimal plaque and tartar above the gum line. The procedure is faster in comparison to deep cleaning and usually no anesthesia is used. Deep cleaning is performed when tartar is accumulated below the gum line. The procedure may take one or two visits. And sometimes additional treatment is necessary. The procedure is non-surgical and patients return to work same day.
Above the Gum Line
Below the Gum Line
What Are the Benefits of Regular Cleanings?
Getting regular cleanings at Give Dental is important for many reasons:
- Healthy Gums — tartar build up leads to bleeding and inflammation of the gums also known as gingivitis. And In more severe cases, periodontal disease, which is the destruction of gum tissue, loss of bone, and eventually teeth.
- Clean Teeth — removal of brownish plaque and tartar from tooth surface brings back a white and polished smile.
- Fresh Breath — bacterial accumulation in the mouth results in malodor. Patients complain of bad breath. Regular cleanings helps eliminate bad odor coming from the mouth.
- Systemic diseases — Periodontal disease is linked to heart conditions and diabetes.