Did you know that brushing and flossing may not be enough to keep your smile healthy? It’s true, and that’s why professional teeth cleanings are so important. Dr. Bernard S. Pak at Kirkland Smiles Dental Center in Kirkland, Washington offers a full range of preventive dental services, including professional teeth cleaning to keep your smile healthy.
Brushing and flossing do a lot to remove plaque, but no matter how excellent your oral care habits are, you can’t remove all of the bacteria harming your smile. Plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria and if you leave the plaque in place, the bacteria colonizes and begins to infect your soft tissue, causing gum disease.
Along with plaque, you also form calculus, or tartar, which is a hard substance you can’t remove with brushing and flossing. Calculus forms a hard, uneven surface which is the perfect place for bacteria to thrive.
During a professional teeth cleaning appointment, your highly-skilled dental care professional will remove the calculus and the plaque using state-of-the-art ultrasonic devices and hand instruments. Your teeth will be polished to remove surface stains, and give you a sparkling smile. If you have a generally healthy smile, you should come in once every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
Your gums will also be checked for any areas of inflammation and any potential areas where you have lost bone and a periodontal pocket is forming. If Dr. Pak determines you are at risk or do have periodontal disease, he may suggest supportive periodontal therapy, which is a deeper cleaning, performed at three to four month intervals.
Regular teeth cleaning appointments are vital to keeping your smile healthy. They can make the difference so you can enjoy a healthy smile for life. To find out more about professional teeth cleaning appointments and other preventive services, call Dr. Bernard S. Pak at Kirkland Smiles Dental Center in Kirkland, Washington today.