Having regular dental cleanings is the easiest way to keep your smile bright white and sparkling. The American Dental Association recommends that you keep your smile clean and healthy by scheduling a dental cleaning at least once every six months. Regular cleanings are a cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay and the need for more expensive dental treatments.
The importance of regular dental cleanings
Over time, plaque and tartar naturally builds up on your teeth even when you brush and floss regularly. These deposits provide a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and a number of other serious dental problems. Regular dental cleanings remove these deposits and help to prevent gingivitis and gum disease. Not only that, but research has found that maintaining good oral hygiene including a schedule of regular dental cleanings may even help to improve your overall health as well. The mouth serves as a gateway to the rest of your body, and poor oral hygiene has been found to be linked to other health issues such as heart disease and even stroke.
Procedures for a regular dental cleaning
Before beginning, your dentist will first examine your teeth and gums to check for any serious dental health issues. They will then clean your teeth using a variety of commonly-known dental tools, including a polisher, scaler, and an ultrasonic tool to remove the buildup and deposits that have formed on your teeth and along the gum line. Your dentist may also take x-rays of your teeth and gums at this time to compare them to previous visits in order to ensure you aren't experiencing any problems in the underlying bone structure in your mouth. Should your dentist find any serious issues during your regular cleaning, they will discuss and schedule appropriate treatments or specialists at this time.
For some patients with highly sensitive teeth and gums, a regular dental cleaning may be uncomfortable. The professionals at Beachfront Dentistry of Redondo Beach understand that a gentle touch is important to ensuring the comfort of most patients, while they remain thorough as well. They are careful to ensure their patients remain comfortable throughout the procedure, and many patients even enjoy the process. They love the fresh, clean feeling they have once the regular dental cleaning is complete.
Benefits of regular dental cleanings
Regular dental cleanings can provide you with a brighter smile, improved oral hygiene, and better breath. Performing regular dental cleanings gives your dentist the chance to check for serious dental issues such as broken, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer. Regular dental cleanings can keep your teeth healthy for a longer period of time, and can prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria that can infect your mouth and jaw bones, as well as prevent tooth loss.
If you have been putting off your regular dental cleaning for any reason, wait no longer. The gentle and caring professionals
at Redondo Dental will work diligently to ensure that you remain entirely comfortable and at ease throughout the procedure. You'll leave with a naturally brighter, healthier and better feeling smile, feeling secure in the knowledge that you have done the right thing to protect the health of both your teeth and gums.