Professional cleaning removes dental plaque for healthy San Francisco smiles

Professional cleaning removes dental plaque

No matter how carefully home oral hygiene routines are practiced, it is important to receive regular professional cleaning at the dentist’s office to safeguard oral health. Dental plaque is a clear, sticky, bacteria-laden biofilm that is continuously forming on the teeth. Although careful brushing and flossing remove most of the plaque, there are areas that cannot be cleaned thoroughly.

This undisturbed plaque turns into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental hygienist using specialized tools. Complete removal of plaque and tartar is crucial to prevent the development and progression of gum disease and cavities. Many San Francisco residents trust their oral health and wellbeing to Dr. Leo Arellano and his skilled team.

A dental hygienist specializes in oral hygiene

Dental hygienists are licensed dental professionals who specialize in preventing cavities and periodontal disease, and in promoting oral health. Dr. Arellano was a dental hygienist before he became a dentist, and he helps his patients understand the role dental hygiene plays in oral and overall health.

The integrity of the oral structure is continuously assaulted by the acids produced by the bacterial colonies in dental plaque. These acids essentially eat away at the enamel on the teeth, resulting in decay. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory response of the oral tissues to the bacterial accumulations on the teeth. Good oral hygiene and professional cleanings eliminate these destructive colonies of bacteria.

Professional dental cleanings may protect more than oral health

Regular professional cleanings can protect more than oral health, it can help protect overall health as well. Taipei, Taiwan researcher, Zu-Yin Chen, MD, of Veterans General Hospital, conducted a study with some startling findings. When patients had regular professional dental cleanings, the risk of heart attack was reduced by 24 percent, and the risk of strokes dropped by 13 percent.

Additionally, by helping prevent periodontal disease, patients may be reducing their risk of serious medical conditions. Numerous studies have found a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, strokes, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Benefits of professional dental cleanings for plaque removal

  • Better oral health
  • Prevent decay and periodontal disease
  • Protect overall health
  • Prevent bad breath
  • A cleaner mouth and brighter smile

Call 415-881-4343, or stop by our office at 3030 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA and schedule a professional cleaning and consultation with Dr. Arellano today.


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Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since 1989 and I believe he is the best of the best! I have experienced many uncomfortable dental procedures in the past, many due to painful injections. Dr. Arellano has excellent technique in anesthetizing that results in painless injections. He truly cares about his patients and his work. His staff, especially Mei, is extraordinary and will go above and beyond to work in appointments, assist in resolving payment/insurance issues, referrals, etc. Dr. Arellano and his team have always provided excellent care and service over the years. I highly recommend him for your dental care.

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