Many people are under the assumption that a dental cleaning is the process of polishing the teeth. Truth is, a "preventative cleaning" is the removal of hard and soft deposits from the teeth. At SmileLogic, all adults and teenagers have a periodontal screening to be sure that a regular "cleaning" is the best treatment for their situation. Many times, inflammation and infection may be present, and that needs to be treated more aggressively.
With a regular teeth cleaning program, you can make sure that your teeth are receiving the best possible care. By removing those hard and soft mineral deposits, you are addressing the potential causes of long-term damage to the enamel of your teeth. Another benefit of following a preventative teeth cleaning program is that your dental professional can identify potential trouble areas and address them before the cavities form. This process includes checking your gums for signs of trouble, including bleeding or tenderness. Your dental professional can also identify areas that you may need to give more attention during your daily brushing. If you have tooth sensitivity, your dental professional can offer options, such as a toothpaste geared toward sensitive teeth. With a routine teeth cleaning in place, you end up keeping your teeth healthy, and also keep your dental costs down as well. By preventing cavities, you are also preventing potential infections and inflammation before they start. Keep your teeth healthy and happy for years to come with routine teeth cleaning to stop damage before it starts.
Radiographs or x-rays are very important in the detection and diagnosing of dental disease. Without radiographs, it is impossible to determine the amount of bone level that is supporting the teeth, if there are cavities that are not visible clinically, or if there is an abscess present. Those without a history of cavities and periodontal disease may not need x-rays as often as those who have a history of dental problems. This is a very individualized decision, and needs to be discussed based on your needs. Dental x-rays are safe, and we are a certified low radiation office.
Digital x-rays allow your dental professional to see what is happening with your teeth below the gum line, as well as find potential problems within your teeth before they are visible to the naked eye. With digital x-rays, our team can send your x-rays to your dentist within minutes. No more waiting for a few days for films to arrive. That means you and your dentist can create a treatment plan the day your digital x-rays are taken, allowing you to address any issues without delay. Catching potential concerns early means a treatment plan may also be less invasive. Working with our team, we capture digital x-rays with a focus on keeping you comfortable.
If you have heard the term "deep cleaning" before, chances are you have a form of periodontal disease, more commonly called gum disease. The severity of infection can range from mild to severe and can be localized to one area or throughout the entire mouth. The term deep cleaning means that rather than just removing the hard and soft deposits from the teeth, as in a regular cleaning, bacterial toxins and material from under the gum tissue is removed as well. This is usually done with a topical or local anesthetic, and is not nearly as unpleasant as it sounds! Leaving periodontal disease untreated can lead to other systemic issues. Leaving periodontal disease untreated can lead to other systemic issues.
Deep cleaning is one of the best ways to address potential issues with your gums because you are able to get those hard and soft mineral and bacterial deposits out from underneath your gums before they cause damage. Once you remove that potentially harmful deposits and toxins, then your gums will be able to do their job of protecting your tooth roots and stabilizing your teeth. Another benefit of deep cleaning is that it can help to address pockets of infection hidden under the gums. Doing so will stop that infection from causing further damage or keep that infection from inflaming your gums further. A dental professional can go through the options available for deep cleaning, as well as target areas of particular concern in your mouth. Those targeted areas could include where your gums have been bleeding or where you have noticed increased sensitivity and swollen tissue. Deep cleaning is a preventative measure meant to address issues in your gums and teeth before they grow larger and more expensive.
Whitening can be accomplished with several different methods. Over the counter mouthwashes and "strips" are common take home applications that can improve the appearance of the teeth. Professional methods include custom trays and a stronger gel that is worn at home, with great results. In-office whitening is an accelerated whitening procedure that uses a light activated gel to whiten the teeth 3 or more shades in one visit. Combined with take home whitening, this is a highly effective long term treatment.
By using regular teeth cleanings and even deep cleanings, you can have a beautiful and healthy smile. Still, there may be aspects of daily living that have started to stain and yellow your teeth. Now, you might have a healthy smile, but lack the matching white teeth. Our team can help you find the right teeth whitening method for you. If your teeth are sensitive, then we can match you with the right professional method to minimize the sensitivity, allowing you to have beautiful white teeth but without the pain. Using teeth cleaning products that address sensitivity can also be used as part of your teeth whitening plan. A dental professional can also offer advice on specific at home products that you can use to compliment your professional whitening, allowing you to maintain it for years to come. If you are not sure what is the right teeth whitening option for you, then contact one of our experienced dental professionals today to learn more!