Dental Cleanings Help Patients Of All Ages

Yesterday, we took a look at dental checkups, and why having your smile regularly examined helps protect teeth and gums from poor oral health. In addition to an exam, kids and adults need to have their teeth cleaned. Let’s look at how a dental cleaning can help patients in El Paso, TX, can enjoy optimal oral health and a lower risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Cleanings for Adults

In the same visit as your checkup, we will also take time to thoroughly clean your teeth. The procedure involves using an ultrasonic scaler and a manual tool to remove plaque buildup and tartar (calcified plaque) from the surface of the teeth. Plaque occurs when bacteria break down food particles left on or between the teeth. Unless removed, plaque can weaken enamel and lead to erosion and the risk of tooth decay. The buildup also irritates and inflames gum tissue, causing the onset of gingivitis and eventually, gum disease. While brushing and flossing can limit how much plaque accumulates, a toothbrush and floss alone cannot remove the buildup, only a professional cleaning can do this. Once we remove the buildup, we polish the teeth. You then leave the office with a brighter smile, smoother tooth surfaces, and better breath.

Keeping Little Smiles Clean

Children also benefit from these visits. Plaque forms as bacteria consume food particles, particularly those left behind by enjoying sugary foods and drinks. Every six months, we can remove this buildup and help your child enjoy a reduced risk of tooth decay and gingivitis, preventing serious discomfort and poor oral health.

Warning Signs of Cavities and Gum Disease

How do you know if your smile is in danger of developing cavities or gum disease? If you begin to notice your teeth feel sensitive, especially when you consume hot or cold foods and drinks, this could mean a cavity. Likewise, a serious toothache that doesn’t subside could mean a severe cavity or possibly even a dental infection. You should see us right away for treatment. If you notice your gums feel sore, look red, or bleed easily, this again needs attention, as changes to gum tissue could mean gingivitis or periodontal disease. For adults with gingivitis or gum disease, we can restore gum health with a scaling and root planing, also known as periodontal cleaning, to remove plaque buildup from the teeth and roots. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule your next dental cleaning, then contact our team today.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we can help you enjoy healthier smiles by removing all plaque buildup. If you have questions about our general and preventive treatment options, then please call our East El Paso location on N. Zaragoza Road at 915-849-9000!