Dental Cleanings Help Prevent Gum Disease
The number one reason people have their teeth professionally cleaned is to prevent gum disease. And the second most popular reason is to maintain a bright smile. In this case, both goals are great and will help people live healthier lives. In fact, as readers of our oral health blog, you understand that practicing sound oral health habits aids in the prevention of dental-related illnesses. Over time, inadequate oral health can lead to bone loss, cardiovascular disease, strokes, cancers, and various other health problems. Schedule your dental exam now!
Benefits of Dental Cleanings
- Your dental hygienist removes most of the stains that dull and discolor your teeth, so you’ll be left with a brighter, whiter smile.
- A teeth cleaning prevents gum disease, reducing the chance of early tooth loss.
- Many oral cancers are curable if detected early, so routine cleaning identifies the early stages of oral cancer.
- Strong evidence exists that there is a link between cardiovascular disease and gum disease. So having your teeth cleaned twice per year reduces your chances of potentially deadly heart attacks and strokes.
- During a professional dental cleaning, your detect will look for early signs of problems such as broken fillings and fractures.
- Your dentist can easily create a treatment plan and financial arrangements based on your dental exam findings.
Types of Dental Cleanings
As you know, the recommended schedule for teeth cleaning is every six-months. So, two times per year, you sit in the dental chair, and your dentist performs an oral exam, then your hygienist cleans your teeth. What are they doing when they are cleaning your teeth? As a matter of fact, the type of cleaning depends on your level of risk as a dental patient.
Patients who stick to the twice per year schedule, most likely only need a prophylaxis cleaning. Also known as a routine dental cleaning appointment, involves a careful examination of the entire oral cavity, and an oral cancer screening, and evaluating the risk of periodontitis. You want to reduce your risk of oral cancer and schedule a dental exam.
The benefits of dental prophylaxis:
- First, tartar removal is a great first step. As you know, untreated tartar and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can create serious periodontal problems if left untreated.
- Second, Aesthetics is important for self confidence. In this case, removing the yellowing and any stains from your teeth and feel confident about your smile. Regular dental cleanings rid the teeth of unsightly stains and brighten your smile.
- Third, Fresher breath will help your professionally. Just as important, persistent bad breath/halitosis is a sign of periodontal disease. Which means a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line and gangrene stemming from gum infection is what is occurring.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gum line for patients at high risk of developing gum disease or patients with gum disease. The bacteria in plaque can cause your gums to become inflamed. As you know, plaque is always forming on your teeth. Which means, if you are not able to remove the sticky film with regular brushing, then you will need your dentist to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing
- Prevents gum disease
- Tooth loss prevention
- Stops tooth decay
- Protects the tooth’s roots
- Eliminates bad breath associated with gum disease
For patients who are not following a twice per year dental cleaning schedule, then total removal of plaque and tartar is most likely needed. Generally, high-risk patients most likely have a buildup of plaque, tartar, and swollen gums. In this case, these issues will get in the way of your dentist performing a thorough oral exam. During your appointment, your hygienist uses an electric scaler (piezoelectric scaler) to remove the tartar buildup from your teeth. The electric scaler uses vibration with water to remove tartar, pulverize calculus, and remove stains from your teeth surfaces. Which will allow your dentist to perform a proper exam and allow your gums to heal. After the debridement, your hygienist will show you how to care for your teeth at home properly.
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