It’s easy to put off regular dental visits and assume that if you’re not experiencing any pain, you don’t have a problem. But regular teeth cleanings play an important role in dental care.
Although daily brushing and flossing are important, they need to be supplemented by regular teeth cleanings. These visits are an essential part of maintaining good dental health.
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Regular Teeth Cleaning?
Regular teeth cleanings yield many benefits, including the following:
A professional teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. It does a better job of removing plaque than brushing and flossing alone can do, and it’s the only effective way to remove hard tartar, which can eat away at your tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
Stopping Gum Disease & Tooth Loss
Built-up plaque can lead to gum disease. If it progresses, your gums could pull away from one or more teeth and the supporting bone in your jaw could be destroyed. This could lead to tooth loss, but it’s much less likely if you receive regular dental cleanings.
Your smile can become less than white due to stains from substances such as coffee, tea, wine, or tobacco. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help remove these stains and restore your pearly whites.
Catching Any Problems in Its Earliest Stages
If you’re regularly getting your teeth cleaned – your dentist can catch any problems. For example, like cavities or gum disease, which can be removed easily and inexpensively treated.
Improving Your Overall Health
Your oral health has been linked to your overall health, and regular dental cleanings can help reduce your risk of some serious diseases, including heart attacks and strokes.
What Does a Teeth Cleaning Involve?
A professional teeth cleaning usually includes the following steps:
Physical Exam of the Mouth
The dental hygienist will closely examine your mouth, using a small mirror to spot any signs of concern.
Plaque & Tartar Removal
An instrument called a scaler, will be used to scrape plaque and tartar off your teeth.
Using a high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste, your hygienist will further deep clean your teeth and remove plaque or tartar the scaler may leave behind.
Your teeth will be thoroughly flossed as well as checked for any signs of bleeding gums.
Fluoride will be applied to your teeth to help protect against cavities for the next few months.
Your dentist will also examine your teeth and will especially look at any areas of concern that your hygienist may have spotted. If any problems are detected or a follow-up treatment is needed, your dentist will discuss it with you.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for a Teeth Cleaning?
In general, once every six months is the standard recommended schedule for getting your teeth cleaned. Your dentist can give you more specific information that’s tailored to your individual circumstances. If, for example, you’re prone to getting cavities or gum disease, you may need to get your teeth cleaned more often.
If you’re due for a regular teeth cleaning, make an appointment today with Central Avenue Dental in NYC’s Financial District or in Valley Stream, NY. We’ll help you preserve your smile as well as your good oral health.