Why Do You Need a Dental Cleaning?

This post is a follow up to “Why Do You Need a Dental Checkup?”

In addition to a dental checkup every six months, you also need a dental cleaning. Yes, you need a dental cleaning. Clean teeth may feel great when you leave the dentist’s office, but don’t let that fool you. A dental cleaning is not a massage or a manicure. It’s imperative to your continued oral health.

At your dental cleanings, a hygienist will inspect your gums where they meet your teeth. She’ll look for signs of periodontal pockets, which can indicate gum disease. Plaque naturally occurs in our mouths, and if it isn’t removed, it hardens into tarter on teeth, at the gum line. This irritates gums and can contribute to bacterial infection, or gum disease. Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is linked to increased risk of many systemic health problems, and it’s the main cause of adult tooth loss.

The hygienist will clean your teeth to remove plaque, tarter, and food debris. She’ll polish your teeth, as well, leaving them silky smooth and plaque-free. By giving your teeth a good cleaning every six months, you’ll deter the potential for developing gum disease and bad breath. (more…)

Why Do You Need a Dental Checkup?

Have you ever wondered why the golden rule in dentistry is “get a checkup and cleaning every six months?” What if your teeth are fine? Is it a gimmick? Is it a ploy to get people to spend money at the dentist’s office? Not at all. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone over one year of age visit the dentist for a cleaning and checkup twice a year – and with good reasons.

  • Dental caries (cavities) is the most widespread childhood disease.
  • Oral cancer claims 8000 lives each year in America.
  • Gum disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, low-weight births, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.
  • Gum disease afflicts about 80% of Americans, and many don’t know they have it.

Found and treated in the early stage, tooth decay, oral cancer, and gum disease are treatable.

Left untreated, these conditions will worsen and can cause serious overall health problems, ranging from an abscessed tooth to premature death.

When you visit the dentist every six months for a checkup, you are essentially undergoing a scheduled preventive maintenance plan for your oral (and overall) health. (more…)

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