Remove Plaque and Tartar at a Dental Cleaning
Would you like to reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease? Professional teeth cleaning provided by your York, PA, dentist, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental, is an excellent way to protect your smile.
Professional cleaning offers important benefits for your smile
Scheduling a professional cleaning every six months helps you improve or maintain your oral health. During a professional cleaning at the York, PA, dental office, your dental hygienist will:
- Remove Plaque: Plaque, a sticky, transparent film, constantly coats your teeth. Bacteria in the film interact with sugars in foods to create strong acids that attack your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Cookies, cakes, candy, and soft drinks aren't the foods that contain sugars. Carbohydrates in white bread, potato chips and crackers, and other foods are broken down into sugars when you chew. Brushing and flossing are excellent ways to remove plaque, but the substance can build up in hard-to-reach places. Fortunately, it's easy to get rid of every speck of plaque during a dental cleaning.
- Get Rid of Tartar: Brownish tartar not only looks unattractive but can increase your risk of gum disease. Plaque hardens into tartar after it's on your teeth for about 10 days. It's impossible to get rid of tartar at home, but it can be easily removed during a cleaning appointment at the dental office. Tartar typically forms at the base of the teeth, where it can irritate and inflame your gums. Once plaque and tartar are removed, you'll probably notice that your breath smells a little fresher too.
- Polish Your Teeth: Polishing, the final step in the cleaning process, removes surface stains. After those stains are gone, your teeth will sparkle. (Although cleaning can remove minor stains, you may want to consider teeth whitening if your smile has become dull.)
Your visit will also include a visit with the dentist. He'll review your X-rays, check out your teeth and gums, and perform an oral cancer screening. If he notices any problems with your teeth or gums, he'll recommend appropriate treatments.
Are you ready to schedule professional teeth cleaning? Call your dentist in York, PA, Dr. Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental, at (717) 846-9428 to make your appointment.