Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus. At Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry in La Jolla, we provide quality general dentistry care and perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible and it’s because we know that gum disease can be reversed in its early stages. That’s why it is so important to have regular dental check-ups.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances may cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a “pocket.” This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth, and bone.
At our practice, the goal is to help our dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary. And depending on the state of your oral health, a deep cleaning, which is more extensive than a regular cleaning may be in order.
At Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry in La Jolla we create mega-watt smiles for general dentistry patients in the La Jolla area. For more information about our state-of-the-art dental practice or to schedule a comprehensive dental cleaning, call us today.