All day long, the foods and drinks you consume leave a sticky film of bacteria on your teeth called plaque. As these bacteria accumulate on the gums around your teeth, the toxins released can ultimately result in periodontal (gum) disease. Some signs that you have gum disease include inflammation and bleeding of the gums.
What happens if I skip the dentist?
If you don’t visit our Van Nuys dental office routinely for cleanings, the gum disease will continue to spread. Eventually, the gums begin to separate from the teeth and form pockets or spaces. These little spaces are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which will continue to attack and destroy the gum tissue around your tooth. Untreated gum disease will result in the continued spread of infection, loosened teeth, and ultimately, tooth loss.
Deep dental cleanings in Van Nuys
A deep cleaning treatment is performed under local anesthetic and usually takes less than an hour. During the procedure, we carefully scrape away all the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your tooth. Next, the root surfaces of your teeth are smoothed to discourage new bacteria from attaching to the tooth. We will develop a long-term treatment plan to restore your teeth to full health, including more frequent dental cleanings in the future.