Routine Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings are the most important form of preventive general dentistry. At home, brushing and flossing removes plaque from your teeth. Plaque is the sticky film that adheres to your teeth and consists of harmful oral bacteria. Left unremoved, plaque hardens into tartar. At your dentist’s office, a cleaning removes tartar from your teeth and along your gum line. As part of your regular dental exams, dental cleanings help you prevent issues that could otherwise lead to the need for more extensive cosmetic or restorative treatment.
Deep Cleanings (Scaling and Root Planing)
While regular dental cleanings keep plaque and tartar off the crowns of your teeth (the visible portions), oral bacteria can sometimes work underneath your gums and onto your roots. The resulting infection, known as gingivitis, can cause rampant gum inflammation and eventually lead to gum disease—the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
If you exhibit signs of gingivitis, then Dr. Jenkins can recommend deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, to remove the bacterial plaque and tartar from underneath your gums. In most cases, we can perform ultrasonic scaling to break up plaque deposits easier and more comfortably. However, the procedure may still require more than one visit to complete.
Schedule Your Next Dental or Deep Cleaning
Cleaning your teeth seems simple, but it still requires a professional touch on a regular basis to effectively prevent dental health issues. To schedule your next dental or deep cleaning, call Dr. Jenkins’ office in Ft. Worth, TX, at (817) 457-4078, or in Keller, TX, at (682) 593-0993. We proudly serve patients who live in Arlington, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Haltom City, Watauga, Southlake, Roanoke, and all surrounding communities.