Tue, May 14, 2013
Flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day may be one way to prevent cavities and decay, but even those who take great care of their teeth should visit our friendly smile experts for a cleaning every six months. This one-hour visit can uncover many oral health issues like cavities, periodontal disease and even oral cancer that could worsen if not treated.
Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
People who clean their teeth regularly at home and have periodic professional cleanings are investing time and money into having healthy, strong teeth into old age. In addition, periodic visits to dental professionals for teeth cleanings can enable dental hygienists or dentists to check for larger, long-term problems, such as cavities or periodontal disease.
The Clinical Dental Examination
Next, your dentist assesses the state of your teeth and gums by:
- Examining the gums
- Looking for signs of gum disease
- Checking for loose teeth
- Looking at the tissues inside of your mouth
- Examining your tongue
- Checking your bite
- Looking for visual evidence of tooth decay
- Checking for broken teeth
- Checking for damaged fillings
- Looking for changes in the gums covering teeth
- Evaluating any dental appliance you have
- Checking the contact between your teeth
- Taking X-rays
The Dental Cleaning
During the final part of the dental visit, your dental professional cleans your mouth using these methods:
- Checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
- Removing any plaque and tartar
- Polishing your teeth
- Flossing between your teeth
- Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques
To begin with, the dental checkup that is part of a professional cleaning in your dentist’s office can ensure that your at-home oral hygiene routine is helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and the dental hygienist can instruct you in the best methods for brushing and flossing your teeth. But even though you may be very diligent in your at-home care, brushing your teeth typically removes only about sixty-five percent of the plaque and bacteria that exist on your teeth, so a professional cleaning is important for removing the rest.
Plaque that is not removed from your teeth and gums eventually hardens into tartar which can cause a variety of problems in your mouth including cavities and gum disease. While a large percentage of plaque can be removed by flossing and brushing, tartar can only be removed by using special dental tools and procedures. As tartar (also known as calculus) forms, it continues to attract more plaque which leads to the formation of more tartar. Calculus is typically removed by manual scaling of the teeth or by using an ultrasonic device. If tartar exists below the gum line, a deep periodontal cleaning known as scaling and root planing becomes necessary.
1. To Prevent Oral Cancer
2. To Prevent Gum Disease
3. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health
4. To Keep Your Teeth
5. To Detect Dental Problems Early
6. To Maintain Good Oral Health
7. To Use Your Dental Insurance Plan
8. To Create a Treatment Plan
9. To Have a Bright and White Smile
10. To Prevent Bad Breath
Depending on your overall oral health, your dentist may recommend a dental cleaning appointment every two to six months. For people who have a tendency to tartar buildup more frequent cleanings may be recommended because they are important for keeping the tartar in check and controlling the possibility of gum disease.