Understanding the Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

Good manners and a beautiful smile don’t distract people away from bad breath. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to visit your dentist throughout the year.

Professional teeth cleaning supports oral health and impacts your general health as well.

About 64.7 million Americans have periodontal disease and most don’t know it. It starts as gingivitis and leads to serious loss of teeth. It’s the same with tooth decay and oral cancers.

Most people don’t know what’s going on in their mouths because they skip out on routine dental exams. Regular dental cleanings protect your teeth and gums. They also help reduce the risk of other diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

If you’ve foregone your last cleaning, here are a few important reasons why you need to see the dentist.

Dental Cleanings Brighten Your Smile

What we put on our bodies affects the well-being of our skin. The same is true for our teeth.

Food, alcoholic beverages, caffeine, and tobacco dulls the enamel on our teeth. You may not see it or feel it with your tongue or finger, but tooth enamel has tiny ridges.

When you drink coffees, teas, and dark-colored wines and sodas, they seep into the cracks of your enamel. Acidic foods do the same thing.

Over time, enamel becomes damaged, leaving a yellow tint on your teeth, sometimes permanent.

At regular cleanings, built-up stains get scraped away from the teeth. The result is brilliant, bright teeth and a healthy smile.

Cavity Prevention

Neglected teeth are minefields for plaque and tooth decay. Brushing two times a day helps with daily maintenance, but you shouldn’t rely on toothbrushes alone.

Plaque can build up between the teeth–where a toothbrush can’t reach. If not attended to, this film–filled with bacteria–eats away at the enamel on teeth, causing cavities.

Yes, flossing and tartar-control toothpaste both manage plaque. But only a visit to the dentist can result in tartar-free teeth.

Bad Breath and Tooth Loss

Missing routine dental exams affects your breath and your gums. You could lose your teeth.

Most adults suffer from gum disease and are unaware of it. Plaque builds up in the gums and worsens as it grows further down into the teeth. As it exacerbates, the gums bleed, chewing becomes painful, and you lose teeth.

One bad present from gum disease is chronic bad breath. It remains even after brushing and using mouthwash. Bacteria trapped in the gums and teeth overpower the mouth and put out a fowl, uncontrollable odor.

Periodic dental cleansings go deep into the gums between the teeth, removing bacteria. You’re left with healthier gums and fresh breath.

Get Your Teeth Cleaned

Brushing, flossing, and giving the mouth a bath with an oral rinse should happen every day. But let’s face it, not everyone is that diligent with their oral health. It’s easy to forget regular scheduled dental appointments, but make no mistake: cleanings are good for your overall health.

You should make every effort to have professional dental cleanings at least twice a year.

Take a look at our services to see how we can help you achieve that smile you’ve always wanted.

 

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