A dental cleaning should be a regular part of your preventative dental care plan. Most people need a dental cleaning every six months. We generally suggest scheduling a hygiene appointment at the same time as your dental exam.
A great video on Dental Cleanings and deep cleanings.
What is a Dental Cleaning?
A dental cleaning is also called a scale and polish and is essential for maintaining good oral health. Most people are familiar with this treatment that is carried out by your best dentist or by a hygienist. During treatment, hardened plaque, a substance called tartar or calculus is scaled or scraped away from your teeth. Calculus tends to build up around your gum line, which is the junction where your teeth meet your gums and in between your teeth. It is sometimes possible to see calculus as it looks quite yellow. Once all calculus is removed, your teeth will be carefully polished. It is quite a nice treatment that can help to freshen up your breath. Additionally, polishing your teeth may remove some surface stains.
Why Is It Important to Remove Calculus?
Calculus develops when plaque isn’t removed through brushing and flossing. Plaque will begin hardening into calculus within just a couple of days. Calculus is so hard it can only be removed during a hygiene appointment. The bacteria in calculus produce toxins, inflaming and infecting your gums and eventually causing periodontal disease or advanced gum disease. This is a serious bacterial infection in the gums, the bone and ligaments surrounding your teeth and can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to many general health conditions, including diabetes. Regular dental cleanings will help you maintain healthy gums, protecting your smile and your general health.
What Happens If I Don’t Have Regular Dental Cleanings?
If you fail to keep up with your regular dental cleanings, your gums may start bleeding whenever you brush or floss and they could look puffy or red. As the infection worsens, your teeth could look longer as your gums begin to recede. It’s more likely that you will have bad breath or a persistently nasty taste in your mouth. Periodontal disease destroys the gums before beginning to destroy the bone surrounding your teeth.Ultimately you may end up with a loose tooth. One of the problems with periodontal disease is that early symptoms are easily missed. As the disease progresses it becomes more difficult to treat.
Regular Cleanings Protect Your Gum Health
Regular professional cleanings allow us to keep a close eye on your gum health here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. Any signs of disease can be quickly treated. This is normally possible by simply professionally cleaning your teeth and by advising you on how to improve your oral care at home. As part of your hygiene treatment, your gums are assessed to make sure they haven’t receded or begun to pull away from your teeth. Our aim is to make sure this doesn’t happen to you and we work very hard to prevent this destructive disease.
Get Customized Advice on Oral Care
As part of your hygiene treatment, we can also offer customized advice on oral care. We can identify if there are certain areas of your mouth that could benefit from extra attention. You will get advice on how to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. Most people brush their teeth automatically without paying attention. Our dentist can show you how to brush systematically so that all tooth surfaces are thoroughly cleaned.
Flossing Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult
We know lots of people find flossing tricky, but once you know how it’s very straightforward and will improve gum health. Often all that is needed is a quick demonstration on how to floss properly. If you can’t get on with flossing then there are alternatives. These include interdental brushes and soft picks so please ask us if you’d like more information on using another method to clean in between your teeth.
We are Here to Help You
Your hygiene appointment and your general dental exam is a great opportunity to learn more about your dental health. Dental education is very important to us, and our local dentist is never too busy to answer your questions.
If you are overdue for a dental cleaning, Call Us Today on (828)-676-2144
Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry serves Avery’s Creek, Arden, Ashville, Oak Park, Fletcher, Royal Pines, Biltmore Park, Biltmore Forest, Bent Creek, Fairview, Beaverdam, Candler, Naples, Mills River, Enka Village, Woodside Hills and the Buncombe County area.
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