Dental Hygienist

Springfield Smiles Family Dental

Soumyata Heggade, DDS

General Dentist located in Springfield, VA

Dr. Soumyata Heggade and her team at Springfield Smiles Family Dental in Springfield, Virginia, offer expert and gentle dental hygiene treatments — like thorough cleanings and gum care. If you are due for a dental checkup and professional cleaning, you can count on Dr. Heggade and her team to take great care of your teeth. Call or book an appointment online today.

Dental Hygienist Q & A

Why is dental hygiene important?

Keeping your teeth clean with daily brushing and flossing helps keep your whole mouth healthy. When you brush and floss at home, you manage the levels of bacteria that naturally occur in your mouth. These bacteria live on sugar and other food debris, creating plaque on your teeth.

When the bacteria levels are too high, plaque builds up quickly and hardens into tartar. Professional dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar that you can’t remove at home.

If you don’t brush and floss your teeth at home, or have routine professional cleanings, your chance of developing gingivitis or gum disease — the leading cause of adult tooth loss — increases.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease occurs when the bacteria on your teeth create plaque and tartar below your gum line. This causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets where the bacteria can hide and cause more damage to your teeth.

Some common signs of gum disease are red, swollen gums, chronic bad breath, and bleeding when you floss.

What does a dental hygienist do?

Dr. Heggade, or one of her trusted hygienists, provides an initial assessment and thoroughly cleans your teeth. During your professional dental cleaning, your hygienist or Dr. Heggade uses special tools to scrape plaque and tartar off of your teeth.

Once any plaque and tartar have been removed, your hygienist polishes your teeth using a special gritty toothpaste and a gentle electric polishing tool. This removes any remaining debris and buffs away any marks or minor stains, leaving you with a bright, smooth smile.

How often should I have dental hygiene treatments?

You should have routine dental cleanings twice a year, according to advice from the American Dental Association. Regular professional cleanings prevent plaque and tartar from building up and damaging your teeth and gums.

If you have gum disease or certain medical conditions like diabetes, you may need to have more frequent cleanings to protect your teeth.

If you are due for a professional dental cleaning or a checkup, call or schedule an appointment online today.

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