Our New Haven teeth cleaning is linked to very obvious and valuable benefits in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. At the dental practice of James M. Quigley, D.M.D., we put a lot of effort into keeping your oral health at an optimal level.
Ordinarily, the idea of cleaning is associated with eliminating dirt, but in the case of teeth it’s about the elimination of tartar and plaque, bacterial substances whose acids are a distinct hazard to your teeth and gums. Tartar is hardened and crusty, while plaque is like a film. The big difference is that plaque can be efficiently removed with daily brushing and flossing. Tartar, though, cannot. The only way to eradicate built up tartar is to have our New Haven teeth cleaning, ideally every six months. By tending to it on an ongoing basis, you will be subject to less chance of tooth decay, and subsequently fewer cavities. That is certainly a positive, but it’s not the only one. Gum disease starts off at an early stage called gingivitis, during which you may notice irritation and redness. Our New Haven teeth cleaning reverses those effects. And even more important, this means that gum disease is prevented from advancing to the later stage of periodontitis. That is no small accomplishment because the symptoms include bleeding when brushing, receding gums, and persistent bad breath. Worse still, you could lose gum and bone tissue, causing your teeth to become loose.
Combined with your own oral hygiene at home and a nutritious diet limited in sugars and starches, coming in for a complete oral exam and cleaning two times per year is the best thing you can do to prevent the consequences of dental plaque and tartar. So reach out to our office now and schedule your next visit.