If you want to make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, you will want to have a great at-home dental cleaning regimen, and visit our dental practice, J Foster Weems DDS. For good oral health, you will need periodic dental exams and a Newport Beach CA teeth cleaning every six months. And, sometimes a periodontal cleaning may be needed instead.
When you come in to see our dentist, Dr. Foster Weems, for a dental exam, you will have your entire mouth examined which includes assessment of your gum health. It is generally recommended that all of our patients come in for a Newport Beach CA teeth cleaning every six months, or more frequently if certain gum conditions exist. During a regular dental cleaning, all plaque and tartar will be removed from the surface of your teeth, from between the teeth, and from just below the gum line. A regular dental cleaning is considered to be part of regular preventive maintenance for your mouth. If our dentist sees that gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease is present, he will probably recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to help your gums return to good health. When a patient has gingivitis, the gums have become red and inflamed from irritation by plaque. If our dentist sees that deep pockets have actually formed between your teeth and gums, you have gum disease. At this point, you will need to have a periodontal scaling and root planing treatment to help your gums return to good health. During this type of treatment, all materials including plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food debris are removed from the deep pockets that have formed between your teeth and gums. This treatment should help the pocket depths to become smaller, and to help the gums to eventually heal. If a periodontal cleaning is not successful in reversing the gum disease, you may need to have gum surgery.
For an appointment to visit our office for a Newport Beach CA teeth cleaning, or for other dental care, contact our office.