Professional Teeth Cleaning

Why is a professional dental cleaning so important?

A woman having her teeth cleanedA professional dental cleaning from our office thoroughly cleans the teeth and gums, and is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

A thorough teeth cleaning is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.

The benefits of professional teeth cleaning include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. A dental cleaning is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

A professional dental cleaning can be performed at our office. We recommend that your teeth be professionally cleaned twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but a thorough cleaning at our office is one of the tools Dr. Hodges and Dr. Spillers can use to effectively halt its progression.

For more information about Teeth Cleaning or to schedule a consultation with Drs. Hodges or Spillers, call our office in Charlottesville, VA at Charlottesville Office Phone Number 434-293-8944.

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