Going to the dentist isn’t always on top of people’s to-do lists. However, regular teeth cleanings are an essential part of oral hygiene. Below, we’ll discuss why teeth cleanings are so important and how they can benefit your oral health.
Most people need to have their teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist every six months. However, some people may need to come in more often. For example, if they have gum disease, wear braces, smoke cigarettes, or have medical conditions, they are at higher risk for cavities or other dental problems.
Brightens your smile
Prevent bleeding gums
Remove stains and brighten teeth
Plaque is a sticky film that constantly forms on your teeth. It is made up of food debris, saliva, and bacteria. If plaque is not removed, it will eventually turn into tartar. Tartar is tough to remove at home and can only be removed by a professional cleaning. Regular teeth cleanings prevent tartar build-up and keep your teeth looking their best.
Cleaning your teeth regularly with brushing and flossing helps remove plaque before it can turn into tartar. But even the most dedicated brusher and flosser can’t remove all the plaque and tartar from their teeth. That’s where professional dental cleanings come in.
Before the teeth cleaning begins, we will need to thoroughly examine the mouth. Our dental hygienist uses a small mirror to examine the mouth to make sure there are no serious issues before proceeding with the cleaning.
We will then begin the cleaning process by removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surface, near the gum-line. Plaque builds up over time, and if left long enough it hardens and becomes tartar.
Scaling teeth is a safe and routine procedure that does not damage the tooth surface. It must be done by a dental professional. Scaling teeth involves removing tartar, plaque, and other debris from the teeth. This can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Scaling teeth is usually done with a special tool called a scaler. The scaler is designed to gently remove plaque and tartar from the teeth without harming the enamel. Scaling teeth is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. If you are concerned about scaling teeth, talk to your dentist about whether it is right for you.
Scaling teeth is one way to achieve whiter teeth. Scaling involves using a scaler, a tool that helps remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can form on the teeth, and tartar is hardened plaque. Scaling can help remove these substances from the teeth, resulting in a whiter, brighter smile. A dentist or hygienist typically performs scaling, which may need to be done multiple times to achieve the desired results. Scaling can be uncomfortable for some people, but it is generally not painful.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss if it’s not treated early. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build-up below the gum line and irritate the gums. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath, and sensitivity. Regular teeth cleanings can help prevent gum disease by removing the plaque and tartar that cause irritation.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, so taking any early signs is essential. For example, it’s time to see a dentist if your gums are red, swollen, or bleeding easily. These could be signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. A professional cleaning can remove the plaque and tartar causing the irritation and help you get your gum health back on track.
Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing at home, there are some areas that only a dentist or oral hygienist can reach. Plaque can build up in these areas and turn into tartar, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Visiting the dentist regularly can help prevent these issues before they start.
If you have diabetes, you may be at an increased risk for gum disease. That’s because diabetes can cause changes in the level of sugar in your saliva, which bacteria feed on. This can lead to an increase in plaque and tartar formation. In addition, diabetes can make it more difficult for your body to fight infection, which means any oral health problems you have may progress more quickly than they would otherwise. For these reasons, people with diabetes need to see a dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups.
Regular dental cleanings are an important part of preventive care. If it’s been more than 6 months since your last visit to the dentist, or if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to schedule an appointment. However, don’t wait until you’re in pain to see a dentist—by then, the damage may have already been done.