Teeth cleanings are an integral part of general dentistry and are encouraged several times a year. Continue reading to learn more about the importance of keeping regular cleaning appointments. A common misconception is that visiting the dentist is only necessary when there is a noticeable concern with oral health. However, the best way to deal with oral health concerns is by preventing them in the first place.
An overview of regular teeth cleanings in general dentistry
General dentists focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all types of oral health concerns. One way they help with prevention is through regular teeth cleanings, which remove plaque and tartar build-up on teeth and along the gum line. This review discusses the role regular teeth cleanings play in general dentistry.
Why general dentists recommend regular teeth cleanings
General dentists recommend regular teeth cleanings to prevent oral health concerns such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath (halitosis). Regular dental cleanings are not used to treat oral health concerns after they develop.
What are the benefits of regular teeth cleanings?
Teeth cleanings are designed to remove plaque and tartar build-up on teeth. This reduces the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other common oral health concerns. Regular cleanings with a general dentist can also improve the appearance of the smile as well and possibly brighten the teeth.
What are the risks of skipping regular teeth cleanings?
Life can be hectic, and skipping a teeth-cleaning appointment if you have good oral health can be tempting. However, about six months after a cleaning, plaque develops into tartar and starts to wear down teeth and along the gum line. This can cause enamel to weaken and eventually erode, along with increasing the risk of periodontal disease. In the short term, bad breath can result from the odor that the plaque and tartar release, and the shade of teeth may begin to turn an undesirable yellow shade.
How often are regular teeth cleanings recommended?
Regular teeth cleanings are recommended every four to six months in most cases. As mentioned, this is before the time that it takes for plaque to harm teeth, assuming the patient cares for their teeth between visits. Regular teeth cleanings are simple, short procedures that do not typically cause any discomfort. In most cases, they are also covered by dental insurance.
How can I take care of my teeth between cleaning visits?
The best way to protect your teeth and gums between visits is by brushing and flossing consistently each day. Dietary choices can also impact oral health as well, and limiting the consumption of carbohydrates such as sugar and starch can reduce the risk of damage to the enamel or the gums.
Protect your oral health with a general dentistry visit
If it has been more than six months since your last teeth cleaning visit, then call our general dentistry practice today to schedule an appointment. We can conduct an oral examination, perform a dental cleaning, and discuss any additional cosmetic or restorative goals you may have.
Request an appointment or call Southern Cal Smiles: Susan Fredericks, D.D.S, M.P.H. at 818-657-8055 for an appointment in our Woodland Hills office.
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