If you have questions about why you need a regular dental cleaning, consider how valuable it is to prevent the discomfort of a future toothache. It is easy to assume that a dental cleaning isn’t as important as other dental services, but in reality cleaning your teeth is your first defense against serious dental problems like gum disease. Without a thorough cleaning, you are opening yourself up to other dental expenses like fillings for cavities and oral surgeries due to periodontal disease. Cleanings are vital for retaining healthy teeth and gums, and a professional dental cleaning is your first step in fighting the war against dental caries.
General Oral Hygiene: Proper at-home oral hygiene is essential and should not be taken for granted, but many people are brushing their teeth every day and still missing important areas of their teeth. Additionally, the vast majority of people fail to floss daily, which is critical for gum health and for preventing plaque and bacteria buildup between and around the teeth. Brushing your teeth twice a day does not mean you are removing all plaque and grime. A dental cleaning is a necessity when it comes to accessing hard to reach areas and removing anything that is left behind, including plaque deep within your gums.
Periodontal Disease: If you do not have a professional dental cleaning, plaque will most likely build up on your teeth and under your gumline which will result in tartar and bacteria. Tartar is a hardened plaque that harbors bacteria that will break down your bone structure and infect your gums; this process is called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease and other forms of gum disease can result in gum recession, constant discomfort, facial swelling and even tooth loss. If you want to avoid these detrimental symptoms and infections, you should make bi-annual dental cleaning a priority.
Teeth Stains: A very common physical complaint among people is that their teeth are stained and yellow. They struggle with this unappealing aspect of themselves daily, yet they don’t take the easiest measure to remove stains – a dental cleaning. Dental cleaning involves the use of an abrasive toothpaste and buffing and polishing tools that generously remove stains from teeth. If you have been brushing at home and using whitening strips from the drug store, yet you still don’t have the whitened teeth you desire, plaque build up may be the reason. If plaque remains on and around your teeth, it creates a barrier between your teeth and the chemicals in your whitening strips. As long as this barrier exists, you will never be able to whiten your teeth to the fullest extent. A cleaning in our Leawood office can help with this common problem. After we clean your teeth, you will immediately see a difference in the shade of your teeth.
To prevent bad oral hygiene, teeth staining, gum bleeding and swelling, and periodontal disease visit our Leawood office for a dental cleaning. These undesirable symptoms are just a few of the important reasons you should be having your teeth cleaned once a year at least, but twice a year is encouraged. We can rid your teeth of stains and harmful bacteria and plaque that could lead to dental caries and other deleterious problems.
Call our Leawood, KS, dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.