The best way to ensure your teeth remain healthy and strong, is to have your teeth cleaned regularly by a dental hygienist. In most cases, a dental cleaning is recommended every six months. Patients with gum disease may require cleanings every 3-4 months.
At your routine cleaning and check-up, the hygienist will start by taking x-rays of your teeth. X-rays provide the dentist with the information required to perform a complete examination. Next, the hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque and hard-deposits called calculus. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that releases acid, attacking the protective outer layer of your tooth. Repeated attacks on the enamel weakens this layer and leads to tooth decay. Plaque that is not removed with regular brushing, will eventually harden into a hard material called calculus or tartar. Tartar buildup can lead to inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. This is the early stage of periodontal disease, or gum disease.
After the hygienist has thoroughly cleaned and polished your teeth, Dr. Speer will perform an examination of all the teeth, as well as the surrounding tissues. After the examination is complete, Dr. Speer will discuss his findings with you. If treatment is recommended, he will go over the available treatment options, and will recommend the best option for your specific case.
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