At our dental practice, Michael Barmé DDS, we provide a wide range of dental services. Our dentist, Dr. Barmé, has been providing exemplary dental care for his patients for more than 30 years. At our practice our patient is able to get a wide range of dental services ranging from getting a simple tooth filling to having a full mouth makeover. However our 90650 dentist believes that the most important thing that you can do for your oral health is to have good oral hygiene, and regular dental exams and cleanings.
Many people are interested in good oral hygiene and are vigilant about brushing their teeth after every meal and flossing once a day. However, if you want to have good oral hygiene it is also of utmost importance that you come into our practice for a periodic teeth cleaning. If you do not want to need to see our 90650 dentist for serious dental problems, the best thing to do is to visit our dental practice twice a year for professional dental cleanings. This is the best way to ensure that your gums stay healthy which will in turn keep your teeth healthy as well. At-home brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth. However, some plaque is always left behind. This plaque will harden and turn into tartar and can only be removed by professional dental cleaning. If tartar is not removed and is allowed to stay on the teeth, it will cause deep pockets to form between the teeth and gums. Plaque, bacteria, tartar, and food debris will all gather in these pockets and infection will form. During a teeth cleaning, any developing gum disease will be identified. If it is determined that you have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, our 90650 dentist will likely recommend that you have several teeth cleanings over the coming months.
However, if it is determined that deep pockets have formed, and you indeed have gum disease, our 90650 dentist may well recommend that you have a periodontal procedure performed. This procedure is called scaling and root planing, and it is like a deep cleaning of the gums. Oftentimes this is all that is needed to get your gums back on the road to good health. After this procedure, pockets will begin to get smaller. However additional follow-up care will definitely be needed to make sure that your gums are still progressing toward excellent health. For an appointment at our dental practice for professional teeth cleaning, or to see our dentist, contact us today.