Scheduling your regular dental cleanings at our Moreno Valley, CA practice is one of the most important things you can do to protect your oral health. These routine appointments will allow your dentist to remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that lead to dental decay. Regular cleanings will also reduce your risk for gum disease and associated tooth loss. Plus, we will perform your cleaning in conjunction with an exam so that we can diagnose these conditions if they have already developed. At Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, we work very carefully, so your cleaning will be stress-free. Even kids find our care to be gentle and fun!
The Importance of Dental Cleanings
Oral bacteria are extremely detrimental to your smile. When you neglect proper hygiene, these microbes will start to build up on your teeth. Eventually, they will form sticky plaque and hard tartar, which you will not be able to dislodge on your own. Plaque and tartar will keep bacteria in direct contact with your teeth. As the bacteria eat the sugars and starches in your food, they will produce acids. These acids will erode your dental enamel, and a cavity will form. If the process continues, the bacteria will gain access to the deeper layers of your teeth, and you could develop a dental infection.
When you do not receive regular dental cleanings, bacteria will also accumulate along your gum line. When gingivitis develops, you will experience minor gum inflammation, and you will also be at a high risk for periodontitis. This more advanced condition causes bacterial pockets to form in your gums so that the tissues start to recede away from your tooth roots. In turn, you could experience significant tooth loss and jaw recession.
What to Expect during Your Dental Cleaning
During your cleaning, your hygienist will scrape the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Our team is very experienced, and we use gentle techniques. Therefore, your cleaning will not irritate your teeth or gums. When your teeth are bacteria-free, your hygienist will polish them to give your smile a healthy sparkle.
Our dentists conduct exams in conjunction with dental cleanings. Checking for gum disease is one of the most important parts of any examination. If your practitioner determines that you do have gum disease, he or she will often recommend a deep cleaning. Also known as scaling and planing, this procedure is different from a routine cleaning. During treatment, your dentist will eradicate pockets of bacteria from your gums. He or she will also smooth your tooth roots to prevent bacteria from collecting in these areas.
How Often Do You Need Dental Cleanings?
Typically, you should have a professional dental cleaning every six months. On the other hand, if you have frequent cavities, or if you have already been diagnosed with gum disease, consider coming in three to four times a year.
Even children will benefit from biannual cleanings. Many people assume that kids are not likely to develop cavities, but children are often more vulnerable than adults. Plus, with regular cleanings, we can teach kids about good dental hygiene beginning at a young age.