Your dentist isn’t just giving lip service when he or she recommends bi-annual dental cleanings and check-ups. Dental cleanings are essential for a healthy mouth. Below are just some of the reasons why.
Regular cleanings can help prevent problems that lead to gum disease. Gum disease is bacterial in nature and caused by plaque, sticky microorganisms that stick to the teeth. It is colorless so you can’t see it adhering to your teeth. This is probably a good thing! As plaque builds up on the teeth it hardens and becomes tartar. Tarter can be difficult to remove. The bacteria in the plaque can produce toxins that irritate gums and cause inflammation. This can also lead to gingivitis. If the plaque is not removed and inflammation continues to run rampant, gum tissues can be destroyed and advanced gum disease may follow.
Dental cleanings can help you keep your original teeth. Advanced gum disease causes pockets forming in the gums to grow deeper. When this happens, plaque moves further down into the root of the tooth. This movement can destroy supporting bone and tissue. The teeth affected by the plaque movement may loosen and ultimately fall out. What is the leading of tooth loss in adults? If you said gum disease, you’re right! Therefore, it is very important to have regular cleanings and to brush and floss regularly between dental cleanings.
Clean teeth create a whiter and brighter smile. There are many personal habits that can stain the teeth and make them look dull or yellow. Some of these may include; tobacco use, coffee or tea drinking or even eating certain foods. Some medications also tend to discolor the teeth. Cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist can help remove these stains and leave you with a brighter smile, not to mention better oral health and a cleaner tasting mouth. After cleaning the plaque and tartar off your teeth, your dentist or hygienist will also give them a good polish leaving you with a beautiful, shiny smile.
Having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis can prevent bad breath. Chronic bad breath usually has a basis in oral causes. These may include; an unclean mouth, gum disease, a coated tongue, residual food in the teeth, dirty dentures, throat infections or oral cancers. Regular cleaning and checkups can help alleviate these problems and can ultimately prevent bad breath.
There is also evidence that a clean mouth can help maintain overall health. Some studies have made the link between heart attacks and stroke with gum disease. Though no connecting relationship has been proven, a dental cleaning bi-annually may possibly reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke.
When you’re ready for your next cleaning, call and make an appointment to get rid of that nasty plaque and tarter that can take away from your smile. You’ll feel much better for doing so!