Keeping up with your regular dental cleanings is important for several reasons. The first reason is that they help ensure your teeth are clean and your breath is fresh. Secondly, regular cleanings help prevent the most common dental issues that can occur due to plaque and tartar buildup.
The most common problems caused by plaque and tartar buildup include cavities and gum disease. By keeping up with your regular dental cleanings, you can avoid these problems and prevent having to undergo more complex dental procedures.
At Dental Health Center, we recommend patients come in for their regular cleanings every six months or as needed so they can maintain the health of their teeth and gums and their smiles’ natural shine, as well as prevent the need for complicated and expensive procedures.
The Dental Cleaning Procedure
Before the cleaning begins, our dentist or dental hygienist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth. They will check for signs of oral health issues, such as cavities, gum disease, or other concerns.
Next, they will use a specialized tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will scrape carefully along the gumline and between the teeth to remove buildup. Once the teeth are free of plaque and tartar, the dental hygienist or dentist will use a rotating brush or rubber cup with a gritty toothpaste-like substance to polish the surfaces of your teeth. This helps remove surface stains and gives your teeth a smooth and shiny appearance.
Next, the dental hygienist or dentist will floss your teeth to remove any remaining debris or plaque between the teeth and along the gumline. This step ensures thorough cleaning and helps reach areas that may be difficult to clean with a toothbrush.
In some cases, a fluoride treatment may be recommended after the cleaning. A fluoride gel or foam is applied to the teeth to help strengthen the enamel and protect against tooth decay.
The Benefits of Dental Cleanings
Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by the buildup of bacteria and food particles in the mouth. Dental cleanings remove these sources of odor and help freshen your breath.
Regular dental cleanings also allow the dentist to examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of dental problems. Early detection of issues such as cavities, cracked teeth, oral infections, or oral cancer allows for prompt intervention and treatment, preventing further complications.
Maintaining good oral health through regular dental cleanings is important not only for your mouth but also for your overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and pregnancy complications. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy contributes to better overall health.
Last but not least, dental cleanings remove surface stains and discoloration from the teeth, resulting in a brighter, cleaner smile. This can boost your confidence and improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth.
Regular dental cleanings and proper at-home oral hygiene practices are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health, preventing dental problems, and promoting a healthy smile. For the best dental care customized for your needs, visit Dental Health Center at 56 Professional Plaza, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 356-9262.