The foundation to maintaining healthy smiles is by ensuring regular cleanings, exams, and at-home daily brushing and flossing. Many oral diseases and infections or other issues like decay can be prevented if people strictly observe their oral hygiene routines and keep abreast with scheduled visits to the dentist. Our dentist at The OC Smiles Family Dental does dental checkups and cleans the teeth with help of a hygienist.
When to Have Dental Cleanings
Many situations demand you to come to our office for cleanings. The most obvious appointment for cleanings is the regular dental exam visit that is scheduled to be done every six months. This is needed even when you have no signs of gum infection or cavities. It is regarded as a preventive dentistry procedure because it eradicates the elements that could lead to cavities and gum infections like dental plaque, food residue, and bacteria. Without regular dental cleanings, many people would be struggling with periodontitis, the most serious version of gum disease.
Loose teeth may remain undetected for a long period if not for regular dental cleanings. Moreover, as any other dentist will tell you, having a loose tooth can lead to a root canal, surgery, and tooth extractions. Besides cleaning the teeth, our dental team provides tips and other kinds of advice that allow you to keep your mouth clean.
You may also come in for cleanings when you suspect that you have gum disease. Our dentist performs scaling and root planing, which is one of the treatment procedures for periodontitis. Scaling allows the dentist to eliminate the hardened plaque referred to as tartar and any other residual bacterial plaque lingering in the mouth. Additionally, the dentist makes the tooth surfaces smooth by removing dents and rough areas where plaque and bacteria or tartar can accumulate. Scaling and root planing is a treatment procedure and not necessarily a preventive dentistry procedure.
Benefits of Dental Cleanings
First and foremost, dental cleanings ensure your mouth does not harbor excessive bacteria and plaque. It also removes tartar which could contribute to an unsightly look and increased chances of cavities. Bacteria accumulating in tooth surfaces release acids after feeding on food leftovers, usually sugars and carbohydrates. The acids erode the protective outer layer of the teeth, known as the enamel. The weakened and washed-away enamel becomes in danger of having cavities. With cavities, you may lose your teeth prematurely.
Dental cleanings also prevent the development of gum disease. Our dentist removes bacteria that bring about gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis. Furthermore, dental cleanings allow the gum pockets to begin reattaching after having receded. Once the pockets are cleaned and the root surfaces polished, the gums begin attaching to the tooth surface. This way, it helps reduce gum recession and eliminate the deepened pockets where bacteria and plaque reside.
Dental cleanings can prevent health problems linked to oral health. Chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer's have been associated with oral infections like gum disease. When you have dental cleanings, you prevent or treat gum disease, hence helping prevent these chronic diseases. By flushing away harmful mouth bacteria, your mouth stays clear of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Contact us at The OC Smiles Family Dental to find out more about dental cleanings and the kind of cleaning appointment you should be attending. Call us at (971) 447-0093 to book an appointment.
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