In our previous blog, we talked about checkups and briefly touched on dental cleanings. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss in greater detail the importance of a cleaning and how this preventive procedure can help improve oral health.
Plaque forms when bacteria break down food particles. In the process, oral acidity elevates and the teeth become coated in plaque buildup, which can soon harden into tartar. The buildup can irritate the gum tissue, leading to the onset of gingivitis and eventually, gum disease. The buildup can also weaken tooth enamel, leading to a greater risk of tooth decay. While brushing and flossing can limit how much plaque forms, only having your teeth cleaned can remove it completely.
The Benefits of a Cleaning
The procedure involves using a manual tool or possibly an ultrasonic scaler to remove the plaque and tartar from the teeth. The procedure takes minutes and can also help brighten teeth and freshen breath. You should have one about once every six months. However, should the dentist uncover risk factors for gum disease, you may benefit from one every three to four months. Remember, don’t put of your routine visit, even if you brush and floss!
Keeping Your Smile Healthy Throughout the Year
As you can see, a simple preventive cleaning a couple times a year can go a long way toward keeping your smile healthy and preserving your natural teeth. To help from home, you should also take time to brush and floss your teeth daily. You should also avoid smoking, foods high in sugary and other starches, and sugary beverages. A healthy diet and routine homecare can help reduce the severity of plaque buildup in between having your preventive appointments. If you have any questions about our preventive care, or if you would like to schedule a cleaning for you or a member of your family, then please contact our office today.
Do You Need an Appointment?
If you would like to have your teeth cleaned, then contact our team today. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.