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Cleaning and Periodental (Gum)

Even the best flossing and brushing at home will still leave something behind.  That’s why it’s important to get your teeth professionally cleaned regularly.

A professional dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque, tartar, and stain from the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky colony of food and living bacteria which adheres to the tooth surface.  The bacteria release toxins which cause inflammation in the gums.  This inflammation is how periodontal disease starts.

Tartar is also called dental calculus.  Tartar is a hard, calcified substance that forms after plaque has had time to sit on the tooth surface.  Once tartar forms, it needs to be removed professionally; brushing and flossing at home cannot remove it.

If tartar has formed underneath the gums, your dentist may recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing.  Some people call this a deep cleaning.  It is recommended that you get numb for this procedure to make you more comfortable.  During this procedure, the tartar and bacteria from under your gums is cleaned off.

Regular dental visits and diligent home care (flossing too!) will help to ward off periodontal disease before it starts! Ask your Energetic Smile team for more information.