Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth, and bone.
At Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy DDS in San Luis Obispo, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.
Our goal is to help our Santa Maria dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gum line where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.
To schedule a deep cleaning, call 805-543-3016. We are located at 1250 Peach St Ste F in San Luis Obispo. In addition to providing comprehensive dental cleanings, we create mega-watt smiles for cosmetic dentistry patients in the Morro Bay and Pismo Beach areas. See for more information about our state-of-the-art dental practice.
Contact Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy DDS:
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1250 Peach St Ste F
San Luis Obispo, California