Dental cleaning is a preventative procedure to maintain or achieve optimum oral health. In a dental cleaning procedure, the dentist aims to remove the dental plaque and tartar that have accumulated on the teeth to protect them from cavities or dental caries as well as other tooth and gum problems. While teeth cleaning can be done at home using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, each person still needs a deeper, more thorough cleaning that only a dentist can provide.
This is because regular brushing and flossing cannot completely remove plaque and tartar that tend to stick to the surface of the teeth.
Why Schedule Professional Dental Cleanings?
There are a wide range of reasons for you to book a regular professional dental cleaning appointment, including:
Removing plaque and tartar buildup
No matter how attentively you brush at home, there are going to be some hard-to-reach places on your teeth where plaque has a much easier time settling and building up. If not promptly removed, plaque may harden into tartar in as little as 24 hours. Once tartar has formed, only a cleaning by a trained hygienist will be able to remove it.
Preventing oral health problems
Preventive dentistry is one of the best tools dentists have in the fight against oral disease. Visiting your dentist at least once every 6 months or so for a professional cleaning will help to keep tooth decay, gum disease and oral health issues at bay. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy means that you will be at a lower risk of tooth loss later on in life.
Correcting oral health problems early
Besides prevention, catching developing oral health is the next best option for making sure your treatment is effective and quick. In the earliest stages of gum disease and tooth decay, these health issues are even be reversed! Likewise, early treatment is generally more affordable early on as well. The cost of not visiting the dentist regularly can easily outgrow the cost of dental cleanings. Dentists are also often the first primary healthcare practitioners to detect signs of oral cancer, which is typically much more responsive to treatment if caught early.
Maintaining a healthy smile
Your teeth may become discoloured quickly from tartar and plaque buildup. By attending routinely scheduled dental cleanings, you may be able to enjoy a brighter and whiter smile in addition to a healthier one. Your hygienist and dentist will be able to provide you with personalized pointers on how to clean your teeth. They may also suggest cosmetic dental treatments for your smile.
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