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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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One way we develop trusting relationships with our patients is by being open, honest, and transparent. Dr. Ko and our dental team want you to feel confident coming to us with any question or concern you have and knowing you will get the facts you need to make informed decisions about your dental treatment.

Many of our patients share similar concerns, and we've included some of their questions on this page. If there's something else on your mind, we encourage you to contact us by email or by calling us at (253) 848-7281

General Dentistry

Professional teeth cleanings with a hygienist in Puyallup, WA should occur every six months for most people. Because we customize the type of cleaning that’s right for you, you may require more frequent cleanings if you have gum disease.

Why Routine Teeth Cleanings are Crucial

Your gum health is essential for your oral health and your general well-being. Periodontal disease can be quite destructive to gums and teeth. There’s also significant evidence linking it to serious conditions like heart disease and lung disease, diabetes, dementia, and pregnancy complications.

Staying current with your hygiene appointments at 12 Dentistry every six months is the best way to ensure that your gums are healthy. You may not notice mild symptoms like bleeding or puffy gums, but your hygienist will and can plan prompt treatment before it affects your long-term oral health.

What a Dental Cleaning Involves

During your six-month teeth cleanings at our Puyallup dental office, your hygienist carefully checks for signs of periodontal disease. Your teeth and gums may feel fine, but gum disease is widespread because it is often very mild or asymptomatic. 

We use a specialized dental instrument to gently scrape away plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, floss between teeth, and polish them with a gentle abrasive toothpaste.

Schedule a Dental Hygiene Appointment 

If it’s time for your six-month teeth cleaning and exam, call our Puyallup dental office to schedule an appointment. If it has been a while since your last checkup, don’t worry! We’re partners in your oral health, and we will never judge or lecture you.

At 12 Dentistry, our dentist always recommends a professional teeth cleaning before any teeth whitening treatment at our Puyallup dental office.

Clean Teeth Ensure the Brightest Results

Think of your cleaning appointment as the first step toward a brighter, more youthful-looking smile. Just as you prepare the walls before you paint your house, your hygiene appointment prepares your teeth to achieve even, consistent whitening results.

The cleaner your teeth are, the better they will respond to whitening treatment. With no plaque or tartar to get in the way, the whitening gel contacts all surfaces of your teeth evenly to deliver stunning results.

Start with a Healthy Smile

We also need to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy before we undertake the whitening process. If you currently have cavities or gum disease, we’ll treat them first. The final step is the dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar and polish your teeth, so they’re squeaky clean.

Schedule a Dental Cleaning to Get Started

If you have questions about professional teeth whitening in Puyallup or are ready to schedule your dental cleaning to get started, please call 12 Dentistry. We look forward to helping you achieve your brightest, healthiest smile.

Healthy gums don't bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, so if you notice "pink in the sink" when brushing, there's a good chance you have gum or periodontal disease. At 12 Dentistry, Dr. Ron Ko offers periodontal disease treatment at our Puyallup dental office to get your oral health back on track.

Prompt Gum Disease Treatment

We need to address gingivitis promptly; if allowed to progress to its most advanced stage—periodontitis—you can even start to lose healthy teeth. A gum infection opens pockets between your teeth and gums that can ultimately cause your teeth to become loose and fall out. 

Unfortunately, gum disease is so prevalent that it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The comforting news is that in its earliest stage, gum disease is treatable with a thorough professional cleaning and a commitment to better oral hygiene.

Conscientious brushing and flossing, combined with routine exams and cleaning appointments, are your best bet for avoiding gum disease and the dental problems that go with it.

Schedule a Teeth Cleaning in Puyallup, WA

If it has been a while since your last dental cleaning, please call 12 Dentistry to arrange an appointment with one of our skilled hygienists. If they find evidence of gingivitis, they will discuss with you a treatment plan to get the disease under control and save your smile.

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