How often do you hear that you should have your teeth cleaned twice a year? Probably more than you can count. While important, they’re easy to put off. Many people believe that they simply don’t need them. After all, if you brush and floss your teeth every day, why should you bother? What can two cleanings a year possibly do that you can’t do at home? The answer is that they can do a lot. At Summit Dental Care, we can provide you with the routine cleanings you need to maintain a healthy mouth.
What Happens During a Cleaning?
Routine cleaning is a simple procedure. One of our dental hygienists will begin by scraping the crowns of your teeth and along your gumline. This process, called scaling, is done to eliminate plaque, bacteria, tartar, and other debris such as food particles. While brushing and flossing are also meant to remove plaque and bacteria, you might miss harder to reach areas. We can completely clean every area of your teeth. After scaling, your teeth are then polished, which gives them a smooth, shiny, clean look and feel. Finally, your teeth are thoroughly flossed.
Are Cleanings Painful?
In most cases, dental cleanings are not painful. All you should feel is the pressure from the scaling. However, if you have sensitive teeth or irritated gum tissue, you may feel some discomfort. If you are worried about pain during your dental cleaning, please do not hesitate to make your concerns known.
Protecting Your Oral Health
One of the biggest benefits of regular cleanings is that they help to protect your oral health. Cleaning buildup from the surfaces of your teeth protects your teeth from decay and cavities. It also removes buildup from along your gumline, which prevents the irritation and inflammation that can otherwise lead to gingivitis and gum disease. By preventing these issues from developing, you avoid experiencing more the more significant complications that they can cause. You also save money by not having to undergo treatment for these issues.
Improving Your Smile
Regular dental cleanings can help to improve the quality of your smile. Scraping the surfaces of your teeth and polishing them removes surface stains, which helps to whiten your teeth. Removing plaque and bacteria also helps to freshen your breath. By helping to improve the quality of your smile, we can help to give you a boost of confidence.
Preventing Serious Health Problems
Believe it or not, the health of your mouth is linked to the health of your entire body. Oral health issues such as gum disease and tooth infections are linked to serious health complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Gum disease is linked to respiratory complications and can worsen existing issues. It is also linked to pregnancy complications. Dental cleanings help to reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease. In turn, your cleanings can also help to reduce your risk of developing health-related issues.
The ADA recommends having your teeth cleaned every 6 months. If it’s time for your next dental cleaning, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 to schedule an appointment today.