Helping you to have strong, cavity-free teeth and healthy gums is our goal here at Smiling Village Dentistry. There are various ways we accomplish that, including suggesting that you eat a nutritious diet that is limited in sugar, brush after meals, floss daily, and commit to twice-yearly visits to our office for a dental exam and our teeth cleaning in Jackson Heights.
The reason that a teeth cleaning is such a vital component in promoting your oral health is that it eliminates the plaque and tartar that are clinging to your teeth and in your gum pockets. Plaque is a film-like material that grows on and between teeth. Most of it is removed when you brush and floss, but what escapes your efforts hardens into tartar. The big problem is that your toothbrush and dental floss will not take tartar out. Only our teeth cleaning in Jackson Heights can do that. Plaque and tartar combine to eat away slowly at your tooth enamel. Eventually, small holes form. You know them as dental cavities. At the same time, irritation is occurring to your gums due to plaque and tartar. Over time, inflammation and even infection can follow. The key to healthy gums is to eradicate the plaque and tartar before gum disease can cause that level of damage. The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is mild and its symptoms are sometimes not even obvious, limited to irritation and redness typically. When allowed to progress to the advanced stage of periodontitis, however, more severe signs will be noticeable. These include persistent bad breath, receding gums, bleeding gums when you brush, and possibly loose teeth.
The good news is that with our teeth cleaning in Jackson Heights, not only can you avoid periodontitis, but any indications of gingivitis can be reversed. That alone should be good enough reason to call our office and schedule your cleaning right now.