How Important are Dental Cleanings?
Not a day goes by that our mouths aren’t full of sugary, sticky food. Bacteria from that food causes a biofilm called plaque. If not removed from the teeth, that plaque can harden into dental calculus (also called tartar). Calculus builds up between your teeth and gums, and can cause gums to become inflamed or infected. This can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to other medical issues, including diabetes, dementia, and heart disease.
Professional Cleaning vs Self Cleaning
Even though regular flossing and brushing is able to get rid of plaque, once it solidifies into calculus, the material is too tough to be scraped off with floss or a toothbrush. If left untreated, this could permanently ruin your smile or cause many health issues, such as periodontal disease, tooth loss, and bone loss – that’s where our dentists and hygienists can help. Our providers are experts at periodic and restorative dental work, so we are sure to have a solution for returning your beautiful smile!
Do I Need a Deep Cleaning?
While most people only need regular cleanings, some people have more calculus built up that may have also affected their gums and bone health. This additional buildup could be due to age, hereditary factors, or poor oral hygiene. If your dentist recommends a deep cleaning, it’s very important to follow through because you may have signs of gum disease or other serious dental issues. A deep cleaning will remove calculus from above and below your gum line to prevent further spreading and reverse any existing damage to your gums and teeth.
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