Getting a dental cleaning every six months is among the very best ways to ensure that you will not need a periodontal cleaning, which is a deeper type of cleaning that is necessary when bacteria becomes embedded down by the roots. Here at Bellevue Family Practice Dentistry, we are committed to prevention and to proactive care.
It is dental plaque where tooth decay and gum disease originate. It is a bacterial film that is fueled by the sugars and starches in your diet, eroding your precious tooth enamel, which ultimately leads to holes in your teeth, or cavities. Dental plaque also irritates, inflames, and infects your gum tissue. In addition to keeping a close watch on your sugar and starch intake, it it also fundamental to brush your teeth at least twice per day, when you wake up and when you go to sleep (and ideally after meals, as well). You should also floss thoroughly at bedtime. Tartar is a hardened form of dental plaque, and it develops from the plaque that remains out of reach when you engage in your daily oral hygiene. Our Bellevue best dentist will perform a dental cleaning to remove that tartar, and also to reverse the irritation and redness associated with early stage gum disease. If allowed to progress to an advanced stage, you will then need our Bellevue best dentist to do a periodontal cleaning, because inflammation and embedded plaque and tartar can be effectively addressed no other way. Without a periodontal cleaning, your gums may become infected, leading to loss of gum and bone tissue and loose teeth.
The most common signs that you may need a periodontal cleaning include bleeding gums when brushing, receding gums, and consistently bad breath. Be sure to contact our office right away to schedule an appointment with our Bellevue best dentist. The more closely you stick a six month schedule of dental cleanings, the better off you’ll be.