Dental Cleanings Remove Harmful Plaque

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When plaque and tartar coat our teeth, this leaves smiles vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. But to avoid these major complications, we could offer a professional cleaning every six months! In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about the benefits of having your teeth cleaned twice a year.

Plaque and Tartar Buildup

When we consume foods high in sugar and starch, or drinks with a lot of sugar, this leaves particles behind on or between our teeth. Harmful oral bacteria will then break down these particles, in the process coating the teeth in layers of plaque and tartar. Without removal, these layers not only cause bad breath and make teeth stains more visible, but they can weaken enamel to make cavities more likely. In addition, these layers irritate and inflame the gum tissues, so gum disease is more likely as well. To avoid these complications, you need professional treatment to remove them completely, something brushing and flossing alone cannot do.

The Dental Cleaning

The cleaning procedure should happen every six months for people of all ages, from kids as young as two to senior citizens. The procedure involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar. We then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and a smoother finish. The process only takes a few minutes, but could help safeguard your smile against an array of serious oral health issues. You can then limit how severe the buildup becomes in between visits by brushing in the morning and at night for two minutes, and flossing every evening. A healthier diet low in sugar and starch is very beneficial too!

The Deep Cleaning Procedure

If you have risk factors for gum disease, or symptoms like sore, red gums that bleed easily, you may need a deep cleaning to remove the buildup from the roots as well as the teeth. The procedure could take one visit or up to four, depending on the severity of your buildup. We administer a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Now is a good time to see us for a visit, as you can use your 2022 dental benefits before they expire and undergo care before the hectic holiday season makes your schedule so much more complicated. If you have any questions about our treatment options, or if you’re ready to set up your next checkup and cleaning visit, then contact our team today.


Our team wants to prevent the onset of major oral health concerns. If you have any questions about improving the health of your smile, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.