Dental cleaning is a standard oral health procedure that you should have done at least twice a year.
You may wonder why dental cleaning is necessary, considering that you already dutifully brush your teeth at least two or three times per day. While it is true that brushing and flossing your teeth at home is critical for proper oral hygiene, there are some deposits that build up in your mouth over time that are not removed by your toothbrush.
The Dangers of Dental Plaque
The dental plaque that builds up on your teeth over time is colorless and often difficult to see. Made up of microorganisms that are colonizing on the surface of your teeth, plaque is soft and easy to scrape off.
However, if it is not removed within forty-eight hours, it gradually begins to harden. After ten days, the plaque becomes dental calculus, or tartar, which is a rock-hard, yellowish deposit on your teeth and is very difficult to remove. Not only is tartar unsightly, it damages the teeth and the gums. Gingivitis, a common gum disease, usually arises due to a buildup of tartar.
Besides tartar, dental plaque also carries within it the bacteria that lead to tooth decay. The acidic by-product caused by the bacteria in plaque can gradually destroy the tissues of the tooth, causing cavities and other oral health problems.
Professional Dental Cleaning
At any competent dentist's office, the oral hygienists and dentists who care for you are specially trained to recognize bacterial and mineral deposits that have built up on your teeth and professionally remove them. The standard dental cleaning, then, far from being superfluous, is a necessary part of your oral health.
We Can Help
It's not uncommon for adults to avoid the dentist due to a traumatic experience in their childhood or adolescence. Unfortunately, without routine dental cleaning and oral health check-ups, serious problems can go undetected until they are too advanced to treat in simple ways.
Our gentle staff will give you the confidence you need to have regular dental visits once again. Call our office today to schedule an appointment; you'll be so glad that you did.