The Dangers of Plaque
Dental plaque is a sticky substance that forms as bacteria breaks down food particles. The main reason dentists perform teeth cleanings is to remove plaque that has built-up along the gumline surrounding our teeth. This is the same reason that children should start healthy brushing and flossing habits, to reduce the plaque that causes damage if left untreated.
Some of the risk factors associated with plaque buildup include:
- Tartar—When plaque is left to sit on top of teeth and is not removed by brushing or flossing, it can harden into something called tartar. This is more harmful to your dental health than regular plaque because it is hard and porous, and can only be removed using special dental tools.
- Tooth decay—If tartar develops at your gum line and you can’t visit the dentist for a cleaning, you may be at risk for developing tooth decay. The acid from plaque and tartar attacks tooth enamel, and a hole, pit or cavity can form if these substances sit on a tooth for too long.
- Irritated or inflamed gums—If you don’t brush or floss your teeth regularly, plaque and tartar can cause uncomfortable gum irritation.
- Gum disease—If your gums appear to be swollen, inflamed or in pain due to improper oral care, it’s important to visit the dentist quickly to prevent gum disease from developing. Tartar and plaque can eat away at your gum line, causing the gums to pull away from teeth, like gingivitis, if not treated in time.
To prevent these dental health issues, you should practice proper oral care and visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups twice a year. At Kool Smiles, our dental health professionals can assist with affordable payment options to help you cover the cost of teeth cleaning, with or without insurance.
Why Kool Smiles?
Kool Smiles is dedicated to making great dental care affordable and accessible to everyone. Our family-friendly offices often include indoor or outdoor play areas for your children, and we make an effort to ensure you and your child know exactly what to expect from each treatment you receive. This helps make visits to the dentist feel more comfortable, especially for kids who haven’t been before or are scared of going.
At Kool Smiles, we also hope to bridge the gap for those who feel dental care is out of their reach or budget. Our offices are often located in areas with the greatest need, making dental visits more practical for all families. We will work with you to find a payment plan that fits your budget and needs.
Call Kool Smiles for Your Teeth Cleaning
If you’d like to learn more about the average cost of a teeth cleaning without insurance at a Kool Smiles, give us a call at 254-781-0553 today.
Our friendly staff will be happy to speak with you about your payment options. We accept new patients all the time, and patients can pay with cash or a credit card. With many offices across the country, there’s likely a Kool Smiles office near you!
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Resolution Dental Plan: https://www.resolutiondentalplan.com/
American Dental Association: https://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-toothbrush-care-cleaning-storage-and-
National Health Service: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-keep-your-teeth-clean/
Medicine Net: https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11888
Dental Health.org: https://www.dentalhealth.org/caring-for-my-teeth