How Can I Benefit From Ultrasonic Cleanings? Posted on February 27, 2012 by trinhdm in Dentist 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.