To maintain healthy teeth, we recommend a visit to U Smile Family Dentistry to have your teeth examined and cleaned every six months. When our dentist, Dr. Tia Khoshaba, examines your teeth, she will determine what type of cleaning they need. If she finds tartar buildup on your teeth, she may recommend scaling and root planing.
This teeth cleaning technique is designed to remove excess plaque and tartar on teeth and around the gumline. Plaque is a daily occurrence on teeth as it is a substance that contains saliva, food residue, and other fluids. Although it sticks to teeth, it easily brushes away when cleaning.
Tartar forms on teeth when plaque isn’t removed, which is why it’s so important to brush your teeth twice a day. A dentist needs to remove tartar with their dental tools, which makes it essential to brush teeth correctly to remove plaque and visit a dentist near you regularly for cleanings.
If left on teeth, plaque not only hardens into tartar, but it contains decay-causing bacteria that can form cavities on your teeth. However, with scaling and root planing in Mesa, AZ, which is also known as deep cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed before they can do damage to your teeth.
Deep cleanings involve scaling the gums and scraping the roots to remove tartar. This cleaning is traditionally performed with hand tools, like a tooth scraper. However, our practice uses a dental laser for treating gum disease, which includes scaling and root planing near you.
The laser is placed beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar, which can be uncomfortable. However, Dr. Khoshaba will numb your gums with a local anesthetic so that you are comfortable during the procedure. Using a dental laser is much more comfortable than traditional hand tools, and it allows for less trauma to your gums and faster healing times.
If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in some time, make an appointment with our dentist in Mesa, AZ, to have your teeth examined and cleaned.