With spring just around the corner our thoughts go to cleaning out our homes – and our mouths.
Booking an appointment to have your teeth cleaned may be something that you do automatically every three to six months. Maintaining regular dental appointments can actually save you money in the long run – as consistent examination of a patient’s mouth allows issues to be diagnosed and treated early – before little concerns become big problems. But apart from the economic value; having your teeth cleaned regularly provides many health benefits from fresh breath to the early detection and treatment of gum disease – spending some time at the dentist is actually a good thing – especially when it comes to an overdue cleaning.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who specializes in the scaling and polishing of teeth – both above and below the gum line. Trained to assess oral health by observing the condition of gum tissue and buildup of bacteria on the surfaces of roots and teeth – a hygienist focuses on removing bacterial deposits (plaque and calculus), stains and other debris – and in doing so removes bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum inflammation that leads to Periodontal Disease.
Why Do I Need Regular Cleanings?
NW Calgary Dentists at Metro Dental explain that regular cleanings are recommended to control levels of oral bacteria. When cleanings are not done on a regular basis plaque and calculus can buildup and become an irritant to gum tissue and supporting bone tissue. The irritation causes gums to become swollen and bleed easily – and pockets can form around teeth due to gums pulling away from the source of irritation. Ironically the pocket becomes the perfect place for more food debris, plaque and bacteria to gather – so elevating the level of irritation and involving tissues that surround and support a tooth’s root.
During a cleaning plaque and calculus (which contains bacteria) is removed and gums become less inflamed are able to tighten up around the neck of the tooth. Stains from tea, coffee, wine and tobacco are also removed – giving a whiter smile that not only looks good but feels great.
Dr. Verena Lam and Dr. Jeff Chen recommend chatting with your dentist and hygienist to establish a cleaning schedule that is needed to maintain good oral health. Whether you visit your dentist every few months, or twice a year, depends on your dental needs – as some individuals require more frequent appointments.
For more information regarding Dental Cleanings – contact Metro Dental today 403.262.2627