Our SmileCare team is ready to help you enjoy a bright, healthy smile. During your new patient visit, you’ll receive a comprehensive dental examination and x-rays. The dentist will look for tooth decay (cavities), gum disease and gum recession, bone loss, and oral cancer. Then the dentist will create a treatment plan customized for your specific needs and will answer any questions you have.
Professional teeth cleanings are an important part of keeping your mouth healthy. Only a hygienist or dentist can remove plaque buildup from hard-to-reach places that regular brushing and flossing can’t access.
Plaque is a sticky substance made up of bacteria and sugars. It creates acids that destroy the enamel of teeth, leading to cavities. If the plaque is not removed daily through proper brushing and flossing, it hardens into a substance known as calculus or tartar. This covers the teeth, forming a barrier that prevents a toothbrush from cleaning away the cavity-causing acids.
Plaque does more than just cause cavities. It also leads to gum disease. When the sticky film of bacteria irritates the gum tissue, it’s called gingivitis. This is the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. Your gums may become red and puffy, and they may bleed. If the bacteria are not removed from the gums, the infection can become worse, eroding the bone that supports the teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Americans over the age of 35.
That’s why it’s important to keep up with your hygiene visits. Your hygienist uses a special tool to remove the problem-causing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and can treat bacteria thriving below the gum line. Call us today at 1-800-32-SMILE to schedule your dental exam and teeth cleaning.