When you look in the mirror are you shocked, even horrified, by how dingy your teeth have become? Deep staining and discoloration can be the result of poor dental hygiene, a lack of professional cleanings, and often even indication of enamel erosion caused by acidic beverages, foods or tobacco products. Fortunately, in many cases a dental cleaning can help to improve both a smile’s health and beauty. For extensive issues, though, there are other dental treatment options available that can help to improve one’s smile.
Cleanings Are Imperative to Maintaining Oral Health
Even when teeth appear relatively clean, professional cleanings are still imperative to maintaining one’s oral health over time. That is because calcified plaque buildup can only be removed through a professional dental cleaning. This is why most dentists recommend visiting for bi-annual cleanings, at least. Some patients require more frequent visits.
When plaque is removed promptly, it can help to reduce the chance of developing cavities, gum disease and other issues. Of course, it can also lead to a better-looking smile.
A Deep Gum Cleaning or Cosmetic Dentistry Could Be Needed
In the case of extensive plaque buildup, your dentist might recommend a periodontal cleaning in addition to a regular cleaning. This involves deep cleaning the gum tissue to remove more bacteria. It is often used to help reverse symptoms of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease, a condition that can eventually lead to adult tooth loss.
For cosmetic issues, like deep discoloration, professional teeth bleaching might also be recommended. It can generally help to drastically lighten teeth, leading to a healthier and often younger-looking smile.
Are you in need of a preventive dental treatment, to remove plaque buildup? Call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, today at 281-320-2000 to schedule your next checkup and cleaning.