Halitosis is often attributed to a dental problem rather than an issue with food or general health. Persistent bad breath can cause social anxiety and other issues, but it doesn’t have to. A thorough dental cleaning will remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places. This also gives you an opportunity to discuss ways to improve home care with your dentist or hygienist to support fresh breath all day long.
Dental cleanings are not intended to whiten severely stained teeth. This routine care does, however, polish the surface of enamel to create a brighter, shinier exterior. Many of the stains that sit on the outermost layer of enamel can be lifted slightly during a routine cleaning. That means your investment into professional teeth whitening will go farther!
There are several levels of teeth cleaning that may be performed to address gum disease. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. This early condition can be successfully treated, and damage reversed, with an appropriate cleaning. It’s important to note that more advanced stages of gum disease require more frequent care, and deeper cleanings that target bacteria beneath the gum line. Additionally, if gum disease is left untreated, patients will experience tooth loss.