One of the most important reasons to visit the dentist is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Plaque and tartar form on teeth over time. Plaque is soft and sticky, but regular brushing can usually remove most of it. Over time plaque hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed with your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of the teeth. If you don't remove plaque, you increase your risk of more serious problems with your teeth and gums later on, such as gum disease and possible tooth loss.
We use a Cavitron Ultrasonic Cleaner to aid in removing deposits of plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth, especially under the gumline and even in deeper gum pockets, in the case of gum disease treatments. This hand tool uses a cooling water spray and high-frequency vibrations to enable us to remove deposits on your teeth faster than with regular scaling (scraping) instruments. Your teeth have never felt so clean! As a bonus, most patients report less discomfort with the Cavitron Ultrasonic Cleaner.
If it's time for your next cleaning, call us now at (540) 366-1001.
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