Healthy teeth begin with clean teeth because clean teeth help prevent decay from forming on the tooth surface and continuing to erode the surface of the tooth. Similarly, clean gums can go a long way towards keeping gum disease at bay. Our Suffern best dentist stresses the prevention of tooth and gum problems as a better approach to good dental health than allowing problems to arise and having to restore the teeth afterwards. As part of the preventative program along with daily at-home tooth brushing and flossing our practice recommends regular checkups and semi-annual cleanings.
During these professional teeth cleanings our hygienist will scrape off the tartar and plaque that has formed between and around the teeth. This is the breeding ground of tooth decay. This material is not easily removed by daily brushing and needs professional help to get off the build-up. Once the tartar and plaque has been removed regular brushing will be more effective in helping to stop the re-buildup of the plaque and tartar. Our hygienist will also polish the teeth to make them look their best. Our Suffern best dentist also recommends a periodontal maintenance cleaning be done at regular intervals.
A periodontal maintenance cleaning is an advanced cleaning procedure that specifically targets bacteria, plaque and tartar buildup along the surfaces of the teeth and gum line to facilitate gum health. The periodontal cleaning typically goes above and beyond regular teeth cleanings and generally are scheduled after completion of a periodontal treatment. Periodontal cleanings may also be scheduled more often than dental cleanings in order to remove bacteria colonies and plaque before they can affect the gums and begin to form gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. When performed after a periodontal treatment these cleanings can lessen the chances of a recurrence of gum disease. Gum disease can separate the gums from the teeth and cause tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw if not treated. Keep your mouth healthy by sticking to a daily regime of brushing and flossing and have your teeth and gums cleaned regularly along with routine checkups with our Suffern best dentist.
By Baruch B. Lifshitz, D.D.S.
February 28, 2019