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