- The best offense is a good defense. It’s true for sports and it’s true for your dental health as well. Regular teeth cleanings are the best way to prevent a wide array of dental problems. If you are searching for preventative dental care , look no further than us. We have been providing the residents of Tampa teeth cleaning services for several years. By having one of our experienced oral health professionals give you a thorough cleaning, you can avoid cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and many other issues. The health and comfort of our patients are our top priority. You’ll find the same commitment at any of our Bay area offices.
Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth. While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up of calcium deposits on the teeth. This chalky substance will eventually build up over time, like limescale in a pipe or kettle. Usually it is tooth coloured and can easily be mistaken as part of the teeth, but it also can vary from brown to black in colour.
If the scale, or calculus (tartar, as dentists like to call it) is allowed to accumulate on the teeth it will unfortunately provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care.