Good dental hygiene goes beyond simply brushing your teeth every day. A professional cleaning every six months is absolutely critical to maintaining excellent oral health.
‘I brush my teeth every day!’ ‘I always floss my teeth!’ ‘I rinse with mouthwash three times a day!’ If this sounds like you, that’s fantastic. You’re obviously on top of your dental care. However, this cannot compare to the benefits of professional cleaning at your dentist. You should be scheduling cleanings every six months to ensure ongoing oral health. It can also ensure that your dentist can deal with any possible problems early.
Why Do I Need My Teeth Professionally Cleaned Every Six Months?
Daily brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are all excellent for maintaining oral hygiene. But these are not enough to ensure a lifetime of perfect teeth. Much of the food and drink we consume will create staining on the teeth (coffee, alcohol, and tomato-based dishes are especially bad for this). The naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth can also create issues. This bacteria produces plaque, which hardens and becomes tartar. While plaque can be removed through brushing and flossing at home, tartar cannot. Both plaque and tartar are acidic. Both can cause damage to the enamel coating protecting your teeth. Damage to the enamel can result in myriad problems, including tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other infections.
Is It Dangerous To Skip My Cleaning Appointment?
Despite great dental care habits, there will inevitably be spots in your mouth that are missed when brushing and flossing. The area right at the back of your mouth and the tiny gaps between your teeth are areas where tartar buildup can occur. This can happen without even being particularly noticeable. This means that unless you are getting twice-yearly professional cleanings, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to tooth decay or other infection. This can be dangerous. When the teeth become infected, that infection could pass into the bloodstream. This can result very quickly in a life-threatening medical emergency. Furthermore, if your gums become infected, you could develop gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Should this occur, your best-case scenario is bleeding gums and terrible breath. Your worst-case scenario is tooth loss, bone decay, and oral surgery. If that’s not enough to convince you to immediately book yourself in for professional cleaning, perhaps the fact that untreated gum disease or tooth decay can result in cardiac damage or diabetes will persuade you to make that call.
Will Getting My Teeth Professionally Cleaned Hurt Me?
While the process of removing tartar buildup from teeth may cause minor discomfort, you shouldn’t expect to be in pain during your cleaning. You can expect a thorough examination of every inch of your mouth. Your dentist will poke around your gums to check for signs of infection or any other potential problems. Most cleanings involve checking the general state of your teeth and gums, tartar and plaque removal, and thorough polishing to remove any stain buildup since your last clean. Should we discover any problem areas or things that concern us, we will advise you on the next steps to take to mitigate further damage.
How Can We Help?
Here at Crown Dental Group, we are passionate about providing our patients with excellent service for their smiles. We offer a variety of dentistry treatments, from general to cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Ensuring that you’re booking yourself in for a professional clean every six months will go a long way in saving you from needing more serious dental care down the line. While we have no problem providing this care, we’re sure that you would prefer to avoid spending more time in the dentist chair in the future.
So, if you’ve just realised it’s been longer than six months since your last professionally cleaning, please do get in touch with us. Our team is ready and waiting to help you get the sparkle back!
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