Portia J. Bell DDS is a dentist specializing in a variety of different dental procedures and treatments. Our Columbus dentist office performs teeth cleanings regularly to rid the mouth of plaque and tartar. Dr. Bell has been in practice since 1987, and has been serving the area with over 31 years of dentistry. She holds a lifetime membership in The Ohio State University College of Dentistry Alumni Association. She is also a member of the National Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Columbus Association of Dentists.
Oral hygiene is important because food and bacteria can get caught in the gums, causing plaque and tartar build up. Regular brushing and flossing can take care of the buildup, and a cleaning done at our Columbus dentist office can remove the deeper debris that lies in between teeth and gums. A cleaning allows us to get into the pockets under the gum and tooth for bacteria to be removed. Bacteria tends to build up in the pockets, promoting gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth decay can make people more susceptible to cavities. Having a teeth cleaning every year is critical to keeping teeth and gums healthy and in top shape. Brushing and flossing alone is not sufficient for removing plaque and tartar. Even with daily care, brushing can’t remove plaque buildup the way dental tools can. Tartar needs to be scraped off the teeth, as it regenerates by the day.
If gum care and bacteria is not kept in check, it can also cause gingivitis, a form of gum disease. Gingivitis can promote tooth decay and at its later stages, tooth loss. For more information, call our Columbus dentist office so that our experienced staff can schedule an appointment for you that fits your schedule, as well as provide phone help if needed.