You’ve probably heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It just means that if you take steps to avoid a problem or take care of it early before it becomes a serious issue, it’s easier and faster to get the problem resolved. This philosophy readily applies to your oral health, too. You can practice preventive dentistry by regular brushing and flossing at home, but even the most conscientious of us need professional help to keep our teeth truly clean and healthy.
The Benefits of Cleaning
When plaque builds up, it hardens into tartar. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove tartar. It takes specialized tools and needs to be done in the dentist’s office. The dental hygienist will carefully scrape or scale the teeth and then polish them to create a smoother surface to which bacteria will find it harder to adhere. If this isn’t done regularly, the bacteria will infect and inflame your gums, which can lead to gum disease. Left untreated, the serious stage of gum disease can cause bone and tooth loss. Plaque is also a leading cause of tooth decay, so regular cleanings can lead to fewer cavities.
Regular cleaning helps more than your teeth — it can help maintain good overall general health, as well. Periodontitis has also been linked to general health conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, respiratory problems, and more.
Another benefit of professional cleaning is whiter teeth. Dental cleaning can remove stains that can be a result of drinking coffee, tea, wine, or the use of tobacco. A clean mouth is also a healthier, more odor-free mouth.
Not to be overlooked is the monetary benefit. By cleaning the teeth and keeping them free of plaque buildup, you are more likely to avoid costly dental bills later. A small amount of time and money spent in regularly scheduled cleanings can save huge amounts when more costly and time-consuming procedures are necessary due to neglecting a cleaning.
Have Your Teeth Cleaned Twice a Year
We suggest that you see our hygienist every six months. If you have health problems or chronic gum disease, you may need to see us more frequently to help maintain clean, healthy teeth. Pregnant women, due to hormonal changes that affect the teeth, may also benefit from more frequent cleanings. It’s important for pregnant women to avoid gum disease because periodontitis has been linked to low birthweight babies and premature births.
Have you had your teeth cleaned this year? There’s no time like the present. We have the training and tools to keep gum disease at bay. If you are in the Lewisville, Texas, area, contact us to schedule an appointment today to keep your smile clean, beautiful, and healthy.