Professional cleanings by a Registered Dental Hygienist are important to remove plaque, tarter and stains that accumulate on teeth. Even with routine brushing and flossing, tarter can accumulate on teeth over time. Professional dental cleanings are important to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. For most patients, we recommend having your teeth cleaned every 6 months.

Prophylaxis, Or Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning is recommended for patients who do not have periodontal disease, or infection around the supporting structures of their teeth. A regular cleaning, or prophylaxis, removes soft plaque, tartar, and stains from teeth above the gum line and only slightly below. It is considered a preventive procedure.

Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

The first line of defense against gum disease is a unique type of cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In this procedure, an ultrasonic cleaning device is used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth where regular cleaning devices can’t reach: under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. Then, the rough surface of the tooth and the root are smoothed out (planed). This provides a healthy, clean surface that makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.

If you address your gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planing may be the only treatment you need. In order to keep your teeth in good shape and resist future occurrences of gum disease, you must brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet, avoid tobacco use, and have regular dental checkups. Even after successful scaling and root planing, periodontal maintenance is very important.

At Gordon & Prince Family Dentistry we can help you with teeth cleaning in Holland, MI. If you’re looking for the right dentist to have your teeth cleaned please give us a call today at: (616) 399-8230 to schedule your appointment. We pride ourselves on helping you restore your beautiful teeth and smile.

Periodontal Maintenance Cleaning

If you have periodontal disease which has resulted in bone loss, bleeding gum “pockets” deeper than 4 millimeters, exposed root surfaces, or if you have had a history of periodontal scaling and root planing in the past, a regular cleaning is not appropriate. Periodontal maintenance is needed to disrupt maturing bacterial populations under the gum line to maintain periodontal health. This procedure includes removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Rough areas of the roots are smoothed if needed, pocket depths are carefully monitored, and inflamed pockets may be irrigated with antibacterial medicines. Periodontal maintenance is usually performed 3 to 4 times a year, depending on several factors: how quickly the plaque and tartar accumulate, how much bleeding or inflammation is present, how stable the present condition is, how well you are able to maintain your teeth at home on a daily basis, and any associated health risk factors you may have.

Oral heath is a vital part of your overall health. We know that there is a relationship between chronic inflammation in the gums and heart disease and diabetes. Keeping the gums and the bone surrounding your teeth as healthy as possible is an important part of your overall health.

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