vivadentalcleaningDid you the Centers for Disease Control says over 64.7 million adults in the United States currently suffer from some stage of gum disease? Did you know often a routine preventive procedure can help decrease the risk of this disease? If you’re wondering how a cleaning can help prevent gum disease or how to recognize the warning signs, then talk to our team today.

How a Cleaning can Help Prevent Gum Disease Quiz

  1. True or False: You should have a cleaning twice a year.
  2. True or False: Removing plaque limits the risk of periodontal disease.
  3. True or False: You also need to brush and floss regularly.
  4. True or False: You should see the dentist if you recognize key warning signs.

Answer Key

  1. True. The American Dental Association recommends a professional dental cleaning once every six months. However, if you have risk factors for gum disease we may suggest one every three to four months. The procedure involves the doctor removing plaque with either a manual toll or an ultrasonic scaler. The teeth are then polished.
  2. True. Over time, plaque coats on our teeth as a result of bacteria breaking down food particles. The buildup can’t be removed with brushing and flossing, however, these actions can help reduce the severity of the buildup. Without treatment, the plaque buildup can actually weaken tooth animal and inflame the gums, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  3. True. You should brush your teeth every day, we recommend doing so before you go to sleep at night and again in the morning. You should also floss your teeth thoroughly every night before you go to sleep.
  4. True. If you notice yours gum appear red or feel sore, or if there is bleeding when you brush or floss, you should see your dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis.


Viva Dental in Dallas, TX, welcomes patients from North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and nearby cities. Viva Dental in Richardson, TX, happily welcomes patients from North Dallas, Plano, Garland, and the surrounding communities. To learn more, contact the Viva Dental office nearest you. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).