The Importance of Dental Cleaning

The Importance of Dental Cleaning

Posted by Jennifer Domagalski Mar 21, 2023

During a dental cleaning at Discount Dental, our dentist gently removes any plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This part of your preventative care routine is essential because any plaque or bacteria buildup on your smile can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease. Our dentist will also floss between your teeth and gums to remove food particles and plaque your toothbrush can’t reach.

Once your teeth are clean and healthy, our dentist will use an x-ray machine to look for any signs of decay or disease that aren’t visible to the naked eye. If any problems are discovered, we can quickly correct them before they get worse. Regular dental cleanings at the dentist’s office every six months can help to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great for years to come.

How Often Do I Need Dental Cleaning?

Getting your teeth professionally cleaned every six months or as your dentist recommends you would be best. This can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Brushing and flossing at home is still necessary to maintain your gum health between professional cleanings.

If plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on teeth for too long, it can irritate the gums and lead to an infection. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontitis, where gum tissue becomes inflamed from bacteria in plaque buildup. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis and cause receding gums, bone loss in the jaw, and even tooth loss. Visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups can help improve your oral health and avoid the need for serious dental procedures in the future.

In addition to scaling and polishing the teeth, your dental exam may include x-rays to check the health of your teeth and identify any underlying problems with the underlying bone structure that supports the teeth. Your dentist may also provide fluoride treatments to help strengthen your enamel and prevent cavities.

The Benefits of Dental Cleaning

Dental cleanings can remove plaque, tartar, and other bacteria that can build up and cause damage to your smile. Regular oral exams and cleanings are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The dentist uses specialized tools to clean your teeth and look for signs of more severe issues, such as cavities or infections, so that they can be treated as early as possible. In addition to improving your oral health, regular cleanings can also enhance the appearance of your smile. After a professional dental cleaning, most patients find their teeth cleaner, whiter, and more polished.

Even if you’re keeping your teeth and gums healthy at home, your smile deserves a professional cleaning twice a year to remove stubborn tartar buildup that at-home oral hygiene products cannot tackle. For the best dental care, visit Discount Dental at 2735 W Court St, Pasco, WA 99301, or call (509) 212-9227 to book an appointment.

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