Posts Tagged ‘dental cleaning Des Moines IA’

Two Cleanings a Year Put Teeth in the Clear

smile green backgroundEvery six months, you should visit Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson for a checkup and cleaning. This is the most effective way to avoid severe gum disease and cavities which can heighten your risk for tooth decay, dental abscesses, tooth loss, and jawbone depletion. Once your oral health becomes that declined, it can be costly (both time wise and financially) to get your grin back in shape again. Preventive cleanings are the type that you’re used to during your biannual dental examination schedule.  If you get off track or avoid going to the dentist, you may require a deeper cleaning.

A Typical Dental Cleaning

The typical dental cleaning is also clinically known as prophylaxis. This is the sort of dental examination which most people receive when they attend a dental visit on schedule. The focus of this type of cleaning is maintenance; namely plaque/tartar removal. Preventive dental checkup steps help to prevent oral infections, such as periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. When performing a basic dental checkup, a dental hygienist may use a variety of tools to scrape plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. The hygienist will also floss teeth to remove bacteria from the surfaces that are unreachable by dental instruments, and polish your teeth with a powered toothbrush.

Root Planing and Scaling

A second type of dental cleaning is necessary when bacteria are winning the battle inside your mouth. Also known as root planing and scaling, deep cleanings are typically performed on patients who have developed gum disease which is getting beyond gingivitis (early gum disease). A patient with periodontitis (severe gum disease) often develops bacteria-filled pockets between teeth and gums. These germs attack the base of teeth and the surrounding periodontal ligaments and tissues. If you ignore this condition, periodontitis can result in tooth loss.

Visit your Des Moines Dentist

When was the last time you had a dental cleaning? If it has been more than six months since your last dental visit, you are due for a checkup. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jessica Johnson today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.

Des Moines IA General Dentist Quizzes You on Tooth Decay

quiz chalkboardDo you brush and floss your teeth regularly? If you do, you are performing an important role in the prevention of tooth decay. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, bacteria are sometimes still able to succeed in damaging our teeth. Therefore, it is important that you know how tooth decay is treated as well as its potential dangers. To test your knowledge on the subject, take the following quiz from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, and check your answers below.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: Try these Homecare Tips

homecare 2Who is the primary caregiver of your teeth? If you said anyone other than yourself, you may want to think closely about the amount of time that passes between dental visits. During this time, you are in charge of your oral health. Therefore, it is important that your homecare is thorough and effective. To aid you in this endeavor, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, has put together the following homecare tips.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: Why A Dental Cleaning Aids in Gum Disease Prevention

nice smile des moines 1Did you know that gum disease increases your risk of developing heart disease and certain cancers? It also puts your mouth in a perilous situation and is very capable of causing large-scale tooth loss. But what can you do to prevent gum disease? The answer, as it turns out, can be very simple. In addition to thorough homecare, attending a dental cleaning can seriously help with gum disease prevention. To learn more, read the explanation from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, below.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: Protect Your Child’s Teeth During National Ice Cream Month

child with ice creamIt’s no secret that children love ice cream, and as a parent, that fact puts you in an interesting situation. On the one hand, you want to give your child what he or she wants. On the other hand, you want to look out for your child’s best interests. This dilemma may come to a head this month, which is National Ice Cream Month, and when it does, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, encourages you to teach your child to eat sweets in moderation. Doing so, can protect your little one’s teeth and develop good habits for a lifetime.

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Contact

MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm