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Why A Regular Dental Cleaning Is Important For Your Health

An appointment with the dentist might not be at the top of your list when you think about ways to take care of your overall health. But it should be. Getting regular dental checkups and staying on top of oral hygiene is essential for maintaining good dental and general health.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), routine dental cleanings may help prevent gum problems, tooth decay, and other oral issues that, if left untreated, might affect your long-term health.

Regular dental cleaning is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. As part of a long-term plan for preventive care, you should do this every six months to get rid of plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and other dental problems if not treated.

ADA Recommended Cleanings

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your dental hygienist every six months for a thorough teeth cleaning and professional teeth cleaning under the supervision of a dentist. However, some individuals may need frequent cleanings depending on their oral health and other factors.

Senior citizens, pregnant women, and people with diabetes or other chronic health conditions are often advised to have more frequent cleanings than normal.

People with gum disease should have their teeth cleaned at least every three months, and people with severe gum disease may need cleanings every two weeks. The ADA also recommends that people who wear dentures have their mouths professionally cleaned at least every six months because they tend to collect more plaque and tartar than natural teeth.

Why Are Dental Services Necessary?

When plaque buildup isn't removed during a teeth cleaning and becomes hardened, they form "tartar" that only a dental professional with special tools can remove. This hardened material can build up and cause tooth sensitivity, damage the gums, and lead to more serious oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay.

Risks associated with gum disease include increased sensitivity, tooth loss, and an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and other severe health conditions. Communities of harmful bacteria can also form in the gum pockets around your teeth, especially when you have less than healthy oral hygiene habits like brushing too infrequently, not using the proper technique, or when you don't floss.

If you don't treat gum disease, it can worsen and cause other oral and general health problems.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleaning

A dental cleaning helps prevent or remove tartar build-up, which can lead to tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and other serious oral health issues. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can cause serious health problems if it isn't treated. Adults who don't care for their teeth and oral hygiene are more likely to get gum disease.

If you neglect teeth cleaning, the bacteria in your mouth can cause plaque to harden, leading to periodontal disease. Teeth cleaning services are recommended for everyone, even those with healthy teeth. While gum disease doesn't necessarily have symptoms, regular cleaning can catch and treat potential problems before they start.

What Do Teeth Cleaning Visits Provide?

A thorough teeth cleaning can remove up to 99% of tooth surface stains, tartar, and plaque buildup. The ADA recommends specific methods for the best and most thorough teeth cleaning. Your dental hygienist may use special tools like scalers or sonic tools for removing tartar, an irrigating water jet to wash away plaque and bacteria, and other tools for more thorough teeth cleaning.

However, teeth cleaning alone is not enough to keep your teeth healthy. Your dental hygienist may recommend other teeth cleaning tips and recommendations for at-home teeth cleaning to help you stay on top of your dental hygiene and prevent future problems.

What to Expect at Your Next Dental Visit

If you typically get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist, you can expect to sit in a dental chair while the hygienist cleans your teeth with a combination of water, brushing, and scraping to remove plaque and tartar. Some dental offices will use a numbing agent before tooth cleaning to make it less uncomfortable.

If you're getting teeth cleaned by a dentist, you'll be asked to sit in a dental chair with your head. The dentist will use dental tools to scrape your teeth, a dental scaler to remove tartar from your teeth, and cleaning tools to remove the plaque.

In cases where an extensive teeth cleaning with a dentist is required, you may require a local anesthetic to make the cleaning more comfortable.

A Dental Cleaning and Exam Can Improve Your Wellness

A thorough dental cleaning can improve your general health and well-being. Teeth cleaning with a dental professional can remove heavy tartar buildup that can make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold and remove plaque to prevent decay and cavities.

A dental cleaning can also remove stains from your teeth, making your smile look brighter and whiter. A clean and healthy mouth also makes breathing easier and can help prevent respiratory infections like the flu or cold.

If you've neglected your oral hygiene, a teeth cleaning can help you feel healthier by removing bacteria, harmful chemicals, and other irritants inside your mouth that can make you sick. A teeth cleaning can also make it easier for your dentist to look at your teeth and find problems like a jaw infection or anemia that could affect your oral health.

How the Condition of Your Teeth Affects Your Body

Bad oral hygiene can affect your general health in several ways. If you have plaque build-up and bacteria on your teeth, they can enter your bloodstream and cause blood infections. Your oral health can also affect the health of other parts of your body, including your heart and kidneys.

Bad dental hygiene can make it easier to develop periodontal disease, leading to inflammation in your heart and kidneys. Teeth are connected to other body parts through blood vessels, nerves, and tissues. When these are affected by gum disease, it can negatively affect your body.

The Next Part of Your Visit: The Dental Exam

During tooth cleaning, your dental hygienist or dentist will carefully examine and evaluate your teeth and gums, looking for potential problems that require treatment. During your teeth cleaning appointment, any problems, like cavities, that are easy to fix will be noted and talked about.

Other possible problems with your oral health, like gum disease or other infections, can also be found during the dental exam and looked at more closely when you go to get your teeth cleaned.

Contact Smile Line Dentistry for your next dental cleaning.

Our office is a full-service dental practice that provides care for children, teens, and adults. We are committed to providing personalized care in a welcoming, comfortable, and relaxing environment. First impressions count. Smile Line Dentistry strives to maintain a positive first impression with every visit.

We offer a warm welcome, clean facilities, and professional service from the moment you enter the door until you leave our office. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional patient care, and we're happy to answer any questions you may have about our practice or your treatment options.

When it comes to dental hygiene, regular visits to your dentist can help keep your teeth healthy. Missing just one appointment can cause problems down the road, so make sure you take care of yourself by scheduling regular checkups and staying on top of any problems as soon as they arise.

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