Three Great Reasons to Attend Your Dental Cleanings

Three Great Reasons to Attend Your Dental Cleanings
June 4th, 2013 | News | No comments

Three Great Reasons to Attend Your Dental Cleanings

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should routinely visit your dentist at least once every six months, even if you don’t experience discomfort or notice signs of trouble. During your visit, Dr. Clark can thoroughly inspect your teeth, gums, and oral cavity for warning signs of infection and disease. Our talented hygienists will also clean plaque and its calcified form, tartar, from your teeth and gums, reducing the risk of problems developing in the future.

It’s Easier to Prevent Disease than Treat It

Along with brushing and flossing your teeth twice every day, your dental cleaning appointments are a form of preventive dentistry. Keeping your mouth’s bacteria under control is the most effective way to prevent the issues that can arise when microbes overrun your oral tissues, including cavities and gum disease. Dr. Clark can repair your smile in the midst of most dental diseases with the appropriate restorative procedure, but he warns that preventing issues in the first place is preferable, since diseased tooth structure doesn’t grow back.

Your Toothbrush Can Only Do So Much

At any given time, your mouth contains over 600 different kinds of bacteria that form a sticky biofilm, or dental plaque, to protect themselves from saliva and other defensive measures. Oral bacteria are a constant presence, always multiplying and growing, and controlling their presence is the point of brushing and flossing twice every day. If you skip a day, or even miss a spot, then bacterial plaque can calcify (harden) into tartar, which is too difficult to remove with a brush and floss.

More than Your Teeth is At Risk

If you don’t remove tartar by attending your dental cleaning, then the bacteria it protects can lead to destructive tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath, or worse. Some germs, like Porphyromonas gingivalis, can also prove hazardous to your overall health. As a main contributor to gum disease, P. gingivalis incites excessive inflammation in your gum tissues. When your gums bleed, the germs can enter your bloodstream, and may increase your risk for other inflammatory diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and dementia, to name just a few.

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