Benefits of Dental Cleaning

Benefits of Dental Cleaning

Posted by Dr. Abeyta on Jun 24 2015, 06:50 AM

Prevents cavities

Patients should visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam. During a professional cleaning, a dentist will use ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, tartar, and debris. Ultrasonic scalers use vibrations to dislodge stubborn plaque buildup. The teeth will be polished and flossed as well.

Prevents gum disease

Bacteria in the mouth are the main cause of dental disease. If plaque is not removed through routine cleanings, the bacteria that form plaque can cause gum disease. Gum disease is a common yet serious dental disease that can result in tooth loss. At our practice, we promote preventative dental care to stop gum disease before it starts.

During a cleaning, the plaque and tartar buildup is removed. This prevents harmful bacteria from causing gum disease and other oral health issues.

Prevents oral cancer

During a dental cleaning, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer. The earlier oral cancer is caught, the better your chances are of beating it!

In fact, 90% of oral cancers are linked with behaviors that can be avoided, such as smoking and using tobacco products.

Prevents bad breath

Regularly scheduled dental cleanings don’t just help prevent tooth decay; they can help prevent gum disease too. That’s because bacteria from plaque buildup is the culprit behind both issues. Healthy gums are firm and pale pink, not red or swollen.

Improves overall health

People who visit their hygienists regularly have healthier mouths. This is because a thorough cleaning allows a hygienist to identify any problems in the mouth and treat them before they become more serious. For example, a cavity can be filled before any permanent damage is done to the tooth.

Affordable and less invasive 

Waiting for cavities to get worse before filling them is time-consuming and expensive. Many dental plans cover cleanings, so there’s no excuse not to come in every six months for a deep clean. Professional cleanings can remove stains, plaque, and tartar from your teeth. Regular appointments help prevent cavities, and even with cavities, cleanings can help to keep the infection from getting worse.

Avoid tooth loss

Plaque and tartar buildup can cause serious issues in your mouth. If left untreated, this buildup can eventually lead to gum disease. Gum disease can cause tooth loss, and it can also increase your risk for heart disease and pregnancy complications. A professional cleaning every six months can lower your risk for tooth loss, gum disease, and serious oral health complications. After your cleaning, you will be able to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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