Teeth and Gum Cleaning in Yuma AZ
Yuma dentist Dr. Sam Carroll, DMD offers a wide range of services to meet all of your dental needs, but one of the most important services we offer is teeth and gum cleanings. Why? Because regular check-ups and cleanings are the most effective way of stopping dental problems before they start!
How Often Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?
You should have a professional cleaning at least once every six months, and most insurance companies cover two cleanings per year. In some cases, we will recommend even more frequent cleanings, such as if you have excessive tartar build-up or have medical conditions such as diabetes that make you more susceptible to infection.
Your children should start having regular cleanings and examinations by the age of two. It's important to keep even baby teeth healthy, as they serve many functions that are vital to good lifelong oral health. Keeping your child's teeth free of cavities and tartar will keep their gums healthy and help minimize alignment problems when they get their permanent teeth.
But I Brush My Teeth! Why Do I Need a Cleaning?
Even the most diligent brushing and flossing will inevitably miss spots. Areas such as the back of the mouth around the molars, along the gumline, and between the teeth are difficult to reach with a toothbrush, no matter how well you brush. Regular professional cleanings allow us to keep the areas you can't reach clean and free of decay.
Regular examinations and cleanings also allow us to catch developing problems early, meaning less invasive, less painful, and less expensive treatment. We can also screen for other issues such as oral cancer and gum disease.
Tartar, the yellowish build-up some people get on their teeth, cannot be removed through brushing. Some people are more susceptible to tartar than others. A professional cleaning with our dental hygienist can remove that tartar build-up before it causes other problems. If it has been a while since your last cleaning, we may have to schedule a deeper cleaning, including scaling and planing.
Gingivitis, Periodontitis, and Scaling and Planing
If bacteria or tartar are allowed to build up along the line of your gums, it can lead to gum disease. During the earliest stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, your gums may feel sore and inflamed and bleed easily. If the developing gum disease is left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. In periodontitis, the gums actually pull away from the tooth, leaving pockets that are susceptible to infection.
Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Treatment may require surgery to repair the damage to your gums. Root scaling and planing is a deep cleaning method that can be used as a preventative measure to stop the process of gum disease before it can do serious damage.
During scaling and planing, your teeth are cleaned down to the root, below the gumline. This allows us to remove any tartar and bacteria build-up beneath the gums. If your gums have started to pull away from your teeth and develop pockets, we may use antibiotics in the pockets to fight off any potential infection.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy With Regular Professional Cleanings
If you are due for a teeth and gum cleaning, contact our Yuma dental office today to schedule an appointment.