Even though you diligently brush and floss your teeth twice a day, you can't reach all of the bacteria and plaque. Regularly scheduled professional cleanings by Beth Caunitz, DDS, and her expert team in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, ensure optimal oral health for you and your loved ones. Help prevent cavities and gum disease and maintain good oral health by contacting Dr. Caunitz for a professional dental cleaning. You can phone her friendly staff or use the online booking form today.
No matter how diligent you are when you brush and floss twice a day, you can't reach every surface or crevice of your teeth. Over time, you may notice that your teeth develop a brownish layer known as tartar. Tartar can even develop under your gum line, where you can't see it, and it could lead to more serious dental problems like gingivitis or periodontitis.
Before your dental cleaning, Dr. Caunitz and her skilled, knowledgeable team thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to check for plaque, tartar, cavities, and gum disease. If you have gum pockets (gum detached from teeth), she measures them to see if you’re at risk for gum disease. She also takes digital X-rays to ensure your bite and teeth are all healthy.
During your professional cleaning, Dr. Caunitz uses a high-powered brush to whisk away and remove any plaque. Then, using specialized dental instruments, she removes the tartar from your teeth and under your gums.
Dr. Caunitz or her hygienist then polish the surface of your teeth, removing any stains. You also have the option of receiving a fluoride treatment to strengthen the protective enamel on your teeth.
If Dr. Caunitz notices tartar underneath your gum line or recognizes evidence of gum disease, she may refer you for a deep dental cleaning.
When your gums are inflamed (gingivitis) or infected (periodontitis), the gum tissue may have pulled away from your teeth, leaving little pockets that are susceptible to collecting bacteria and tartar. During your deep cleaning, your dental hygienist removes the tartar from your teeth with a specialized tool that can reach into the gum pockets.
After all of the tartar has been removed, your dental hygienist then uses another tool to gently reshape your roots. This tool rubs the surface of your enamel slightly so that your gums can re-adhere to your tooth. Your gums gradually grow back around the roots, eliminating the gum pockets and keeping your tooth secure.
For optimal dental health, twice-yearly or more professional cleanings help keep your teeth and gums free of infection and decay. To set up your professional dental cleaning, call Dr. Caunitz’s friendly, knowledgeable team or use the online booking form today.