In addition to daily brushing and flossing, regular dental cleanings from Kuhn Family Dentistry can help you avoid tooth decay. Here at our Reno office, Dr. Melinda Kuhn helps her patients maintain good oral health with checkups, cleanings, and other dental care services—read on to learn more!
Removing plaque and tartar can help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease
Cleanings remove plaque and tartar, two substances that can mean big trouble for your smile. Plaque (the colorless, sticky film that lies on the layer of your smile) constantly builds on the teeth, and it is the reason why your teeth feel a little rough when you first wake up on in the morning.
Plaque contains bacteria that may cause tooth decay if it isn't removed promptly. Unfortunately, even if you're a diligent brusher and flosser, you will inevitably miss a few spots of plaque. If your teeth overlap, it can be extra difficult to remove plaque at home. The dental hygienist at your Reno dentist's office has special tools that allow her to remove plaque from hard-to-reach places.
If a spot of plaque remains on your teeth for as little as 10 days, it can turn into tartar. The hard deposit usually forms close to your gum line and can increase your risk of developing gum disease. If you have tartar, you will see some gray or brown spots on your teeth.
Tartar won't budge no matter how often you brush or floss. Fortunately, your dental hygienist can gently chip away unsightly tartar during your regular, six-month cleaning!
Cleanings improve the appearance of teeth
After the dental hygienist removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth, they will then be polished. This polishing removes any superficial stains on your teeth, helping your smile look dazzling!
Exams help you protect your oral health
You'll also spend a little time with Dr. Kuhn during your appointment. She will examine your mouth and take a look at your X-rays (if needed). During these visits, your dentist will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues that can affect your oral health, such as tiny cracks in teeth and fillings that need to be replaced.
Give us a call!
Is it time for your next dental visit? If so, call your Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, at (775) 829-9331 to schedule an appointment.