How Can I Benefit From Ultrasonic Cleanings?

Your dental cleanings serve a purpose far more valuable than simply making your teeth look whiter. The main purpose for your cleanings is to identify and remove the bacterial toxins that can cause gum disease and cavities. During your dental cleaning, your dentist can also educate you on how you can effectively reduce these toxins at home as well.

When plaque is not removed regularly and completely, the bacteria begin to produce an acidic byproduct that can destroy the teeth, gums, and bone.

For most patients, thorough brushing and daily flossing are appropriate methods of removing bacterial plaque from the teeth and gums. Plaque is a soft, sticky film the coats all of the surfaces within the mouth. It provides a safe environment in which plaque bacteria can colonize and multiply.

When plaque is not removed regularly and completely, the bacteria begin to produce an acidic byproduct that can destroy the teeth, gums, and bone. When plaque is allowed to remain undisturbed on the teeth, it begins to harden or calcify. At this stage, the hardened plaque (called tarter or calculus) cannot be removed by routine brushing or flossing.

Your dentist may recommend a special cleaning instrument known as an ultrasonic cleaner to thoroughly remove hard and soft buildup from the teeth and below the gumline.

An ultrasonic instrument can effectively remove plaque and tarter quickly and comfortably. Using an ultrasonic vibration and a gentle stream of water, plaque and tarter are easily disrupted and rinsed away. Specially designed ultrasonic tips can be used to access pockets deep below the gumline where advanced gum disease has caused bone loss and bleeding.

Ultrasonic vibrations are unique in the sense that they can disrupt the film of bacterial plaque even when it is not visible to the patient or the dentist. By disrupting the biofilm, your dentist can prevent bacteria from colonizing and causing damage.

Many of these bacteria are found in pockets deep below the gumline and cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. As water from the ultrasonic is introduced to these pockets, the bacteria are exposed to oxygen and effectively killed. Ultimately, high levels of harmful bacteria and toxins from the mouth are reduced and removed.

If you would like to enjoy the benefits of ultrasonic cleanings as part of your dental visit, call our Colleyville office at 817-485-2111 and schedule your appointment today.

Will My Whitened Teeth Retain Their New Color?

Of all the procedures in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening may be the most popular. Due to the conservative nature and relatively fast result, teeth whitening is a fantastic way to brighten your smile. Your cosmetic dentist may suggest professional teeth whitening to safely create a more youthful, fresher smile.

Teeth whitening helps to eliminate the staining of the enamel caused by a wide range of substances.

Teeth whitening helps to eliminate the staining of the enamel caused by a wide range of substances. Deeply pigmented foods and drinks including dark berries, coffee, tea, and red wine can leave behind residues that darken the enamel. Smoking and certain medications are also known contributors to stained teeth. Even patients who are not regularly exposed to these substances may begin to notice that their teeth are not as bright as they once were.

Teeth whitening is considered a conservative cosmetic solution since it does not permanently alter the teeth or enamel. The results of a professional whitening treatment may last several weeks or several months, according to your personal habits and the strength of the whitening solution. Exposure to substances that are known to stain the teeth will reduce the length of time that you can expect your teeth to retain their new color.

It is safe, however, to repeat the whitening process with the help of your cosmetic dentist. Since professional teeth whitening does not damage or thin your enamel, you can feel confident in repeating the procedure as often as you wish. You may choose to whiten your teeth only a few times each year to maintain your chosen shade. Many patients prefer to whiten more often for an even brighter smile, or prior to a special event.

In the same way that skin complexion and hair color can vary from one individual to the next, even within the same family, so can the shade of each person’s enamel vary. There is no “correct” shade of whiteness, and it is common for the natural shade of your teeth to be darker or lighter than a friend or relative. In light of this fact, the decision to whiten your teeth is extremely individualized and personal.

Contact our experienced team at Anderson Dentistry to experience a brilliant new smile with teeth whitening in the Grapevine area today.