Dental Hygiene

Teeth Cleanings, x-Rays, and Dental Exams

Studies have shown a connection between a healthy mouth and overall health. Regular cleanings can help keep your mouth and the rest of your body disease free.

Plaque is the sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface. Saliva, food and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect on teeth and where teeth and gums meet. The build up of plaque can trap stains on the teeth and is also the primary contributing factor in gum disease.  Fighting plaque is a life-long part of good oral care.

Tartar, also called calculus, is plaque that has calcified.  This material creates a strong bond to the tooth that can only be removed by a dental professional.

Plaque and calculus both teaming with bacteria are seen by our immune system as “foreign” and mount an appropriate response, which includes: Increased bleeding, inflamed gums and bone loss.

Individuals vary greatly in their susceptibility to plaque and tartar. For many of us, these deposits build up faster as we age.  Schedule your dental cleaning in our state of the art office in Dallas

FAQ

What kind of toothbrush?

Soft, round-end nylon bristles are considered most effective in cleaning tooth surfaces and lightly stimulating gum tissue. Replace your brush every two to three months, or when the bristles become bent or frayed.

How often should you brush?

Plaque begins forming on teeth 4 to 12 hrs after brushing, which is why it is important to brush at least twice a day. Brush for at least 2  minutes.

How to brush?

Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline. Brush 2 to 3 teeth at a time in a circular motion. Move the toothbrush from the gums toward the edge of the teeth. Hold the toothbrush vertically to clean behind the upper and lower front teeth. Use gentle up and down strokes with the tip of the toothbrush in these areas. Pay special attention to the back teeth, which may collect more plaque.

Brush the tongue to help freshen the breath. Brush from back to front using a gentle sweeping motion.

Call our office in Dallas to schedule a regular cleaning.

Visit our Dallas office at 8222 Douglas Ave Suite 580, Dallas, TX 75225 or call us at 214-945-8708.