Plaque is a hard substance that covers teeth and causes buildup over time. It can be removed daily with brushing and flossing, and tough buildup can be removed with dental cleanings. At Granite View Dental our Draper dentist scrapes off plaque using special tools so teeth are left clean and shiny. Patients should come in once a year for annual cleanings, or two to three times a year for gum disease.
Plaque and tartar buildup can cause tooth decay if it isn’t taken care of. Over time, the buildup can erode the tooth’s enamel, and contribute to gingivitis and gum disease. Gum disease is caused by inflammation that is in turn caused by plaque and tartar. Food gets trapped in between teeth, causing bacteria and sugars to eat away and create plaque. Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease, but it can be reversed with regular deep cleanings by our Draper dentist and, if needed, a periodontal cleaning. Periodontal cleanings are special cleanings that get deep into the gums of the teeth and under the flaps of the gum where bacteria hides.
Mild forms of gingivitis can be reversed with a simple oral hygiene regimen and regular brushing and flossing. Sometimes, more severe forms of gingivitis develop and are found during a teeth cleaning and can be treated with a procedure called a deep cleaning. Deep cleanings are designed to get deep into the gum areas and scrape off plaque and tartar hiding under the gums that lead to tooth loss. If the problem gets worse, a root canal may be ordered to clean out the decayed tooth pulp and seal out the area. Once teeth are lost, they cannot be replaced, and implants are the only thing that can create a stable tooth again with an artificial cap.