The cornerstone of preventive dentistry is the twice-daily brushing and flossing you do at home and the professional dental cleanings you receive in our dental chair.
At your regular check-up appointments, we clean your teeth with professional scaling and polishing instruments to remove the hard tartar (calculus) and plaque (soft deposits) from your teeth. These deposits contain toxin-producing bacterial colonies that affect not just your teeth but also the supporting gums and bone (periodontium).
Without preventive dentistry in Santa Rosa, these deposits can lead to periodontitis or gum disease. Periodontitis erodes the foundation in which your teeth live, eventually causing the loosening or total loss of teeth. The buildup of bacterial deposits such as plaque is also linked to a range of other health problems, from premature births to heart disease. So, as you can see professional dental cleanings – or ‘hygiene therapy – is a an essential part of preventive dental care.