A Dental Cleaning Safeguards Smiles

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In our last blog, we looked at checkups and briefly mentioned the cleaning process. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about how we protect smiles with a cleaning, and how removing plaque and tartar can prevent major problems from the smile, and could even fight periodontal disease!

The Risks of Plaque Buildup

Over time, harmful bacteria will break down and consume the bits of sugar and starch left behind by the foods and drinks we enjoy. As bacteria consume them, this elevates the levels of oral acidity and coats the teeth in plaque buildup. These acids and plaque will weaken and erode enamel, allowing cavities to form. Without treatment, this could lead to infection. In addition, the same buildup could irritate and inflame the gum tissues, leading to a higher risk of gingivitis and gum disease. Plaque is also a major factor behind bad breath and teeth stains.

Removing Harmful Buildup

To help control plaque and protect the smile, we will completely remove this buildup every six months with a dental cleaning. Using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, our team will gently and thoroughly break up and remove all plaque and tartar. We then polish the smile for a brighter appearance. The process only takes a few minutes, but this helps protect the health, function, and even the beauty of your smile. Then at home, you can continue your brushing and flossing to control how much accumulates before your next visit, protecting your oral health.

What About a Deep Cleaning?

What if you develop sore, red gums that bleed easily? This means you have gingivitis, or possibly the early stages of gum disease. Care is needed to reverse the gingivitis or begin managing periodontal disease, so you avoid the late stages linked to adult tooth loss. To do this, we will offer a scaling and root planing, known as a deep cleaning. Using the same tools above, we remove buildup from not just the surfaces of the teeth, but he roots as well. Afterward, we can help manage the disease with traditional cleaning every three to four months.

If you have any questions about how we help keep your smile healthy and clean, or if you would like to schedule a preventive visit for yourself or your family, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help smiles in our community stay bright and strong for years to come!


Our team wants to help protect smiles of all ages with routine dental care. If you have any questions about preventive dentistry, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.