A routine dental cleaning is one of the most effective tools for protecting your oral health. At Summerhills Dental in Las Vegas, Nevada, restorative dentist Cynthia Allen, DDS, and the experienced team use state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. Also available is a diode laser that destroys otherwise inaccessible bacteria while simultaneously creating an ideal environment for healing. Call Summerhills Dental today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about comprehensive dental cleanings.
A dental cleaning is a comprehensive treatment that removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky type of bacteria that clings to the surface of your teeth. Once plaque accumulates, it eats away at the enamel that protects your teeth.
Plaque causes tooth decay, more commonly called cavities. As plaque penetrates the deeper layers of your teeth, it can spread and cause additional damage.
When plaque builds on your teeth, it threatens your oral health. Tooth decay is harder to treat as it starts eroding your teeth, gums, and underlying bone. Untreated tooth decay can cause fractures, shifting teeth, and tooth loss. It can also lead to periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a gum infection that breaks down your tooth-supporting structures, such as tissue and bone. Once plaque penetrates beneath your gum line, it can spread.
Routine dental cleanings eliminate plaque before it has a chance to damage your teeth and gums. These simple, non-invasive preventive treatments are faster, safer, and more cost-effective than restorative procedures that treat existing damage and decay.
When you arrive for a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist at Summerhills Dental examines your teeth and takes digital X-rays to view your underlying structures. Your dentist then visually assesses your jaw, lips, and face to detect abnormalities, such as sores or swelling. They also check your teeth and gums for signs of decay or erosion.
During a cleaning, your dentist may perform an oral cancer screening. This exam checks for growths and sores inside your mouth. If your dentist finds any concerning lesions, they may schedule a follow-up visit.
A dental cleaning is a quick, thorough procedure. Your dentist uses special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Next, they carefully brush and floss your teeth. The dentist may also polish your teeth and apply a strengthening fluoride treatment.
Summerhills Dental recommends scheduling a dental cleaning twice a year to prevent plaque buildup and identify early signs of disease, decay, or trauma. If you have existing decay or periodontal disease, your dentist may schedule more frequent visits.
To learn more about dental cleanings, call Summerhills Dental today or schedule an appointment online.