Even if you brush your teeth everyday, you still should see your dentist for a routine dental cleaning. That’s because brushing alone is not enough to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Toothbrushes are designed to clean the visible surfaces in your mouth, but dental diseases begin between your teeth where they are unable to reach. Toothbrushes also aren’t capable of removing tartar or plaque. Regular dental cleanings help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
What Is A Routine Dental Cleaning?
A routine dental cleaning is a professional tooth cleaning performed by a dental hygienist. During this procedure, the hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease.
As a general rule, you should visit your dentist for a routine dental cleaning and exam every six months. However, your dentist may recommend a different schedule based on your oral health needs.
The Benefits of Routine Dental Cleaning
Cavities form when plaque builds up on the teeth. Plaque contains acids that eat away at the outer layer of your teeth, forming tiny openings or holes. Over time, these holes may get larger and extend to deeper layers of the teeth. This causes toothaches and tooth sensitivity. Routine dental cleanings remove plaque from your teeth and help prevent tooth decay.
Prevent Gum Disease
A buildup of plaque may irritate your gum tissue, leading to gum disease. The early signs of gum disease are red, swollen gums that bleed easily. Left untreated, gum disease may cause tooth loss and other serious complications. Get a routine dental cleaning to ward off gum disease.
Support Your Overall Health
Like other areas of the body, your mouth contains bacteria. It is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease. Poor oral health is associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Some oral bacteria may also cause pneumonia if they enter the lungs. Taking care of your teeth and gums with routine dental cleanings is beneficial for overall health and longevity.
There are also cosmetic benefits to proper dental hygiene. If your teeth are stained or discolored, a routine dental cleaning may help by removing surface stains on your tooth enamel. At the end of your appointment, you’ll be left with a brighter smile.
General Dentistry – Great Expressions Dental Center
Whether you’re coming in for a routine exam or treating a cavity, Great Expressions provides a friendly and comfortable experience for every patient. We use the latest technology, technique, and continuing education to make sure your oral health benefits from long-lasting results. Schedule your appointment today.