Reasons to Get a Dental Cleaning…
Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque (a whitish-yellow film) can build up on your teeth and cause tooth decay. Plaque is an acidic substance that gradually eats away at your tooth enamel. Brushing and flossing remove most problem-causing plaque, but some of it becomes hard and can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. We recommend a cleaning every six months in order to give you an upper hand in the battle against cavities.
When you hear teeth whitening, you probably automatically think of the bleaching process also offered at cosmetic dentistry offices; however, receiving a quality dental cleaning can also lead to whiter teeth without the need for an actual bleaching treatment. Many people believe they have stained teeth that need whitening when all they actually need is a professional dental cleaning to remove surface stains. Once this has been done, an immediate difference in the brightness of their smile may be noticed.
In addition to looking your best with whiter teeth, it is also important to have pleasant breath. When plaque builds up on your teeth, bacteria can also grow on your cheeks and tongue. You should remember to also brush these areas during your regular oral hygiene regimen. Even if you brush and floss every day, your mouth can still start to retain unpleasant odors. A dental cleaning can give you the breath refresher you need and make it easier for you to maintain fresh breath during the year.
GUM DISEASE PREVENTION
The plaque and tartar mentioned previously can build up and begin developing closer to and below the gum line. As it moves to this area, if not treated, it can progress into periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Gum disease can begin to destroy your gums and supporting bone structure, leading to receding gums, sensitivity, bleeding, and the loss of teeth. Regular visits to a dental office for a cleaning will remove plaque from the gum line area and from in between teeth, so it does not have the opportunity to harbor bacteria and become gum disease.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Oral cancer can occur in many places in the mouth, and is more common in patients that use tobacco products. Dr. Shaw will perform an oral cancer screening during the exam, and discuss his findings with you.
Getting a dental cleaning can actually be a money saver in the long run. Visiting a dentist office for cleanings will keep your teeth and gums healthier, and it will improve the appearance of your smile. Without dental cleanings, your teeth can gradually deteriorate and result in more substantial treatment in the future. Take the first step by calling our office for an appointment today!