What’s the big deal about going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned? You are doing everything right; you brush your teeth at least twice a day, you are on top of flossing. You are not having any hot or cold sensitivity or tooth pain. What can a trip to the dentist do for you that you are not already doing?
The answer is more than you might expect. Dental cleanings are essential for optimal oral health. A dental cleaning uncovers a lot of issues that might otherwise be overlooked. Think of it as a checkup for your teeth.
Cleaning of your teeth begins with the removal of built-up plaque. ‘What plaque?’, you say, ‘I don’t see any plaque.’ That’s because plaque is colorless, and it’s sticky, really sticky. It loves to accumulate around your gum line, where it does a lot of damage due to the bacteria it contains. Your hygienist will use a special tool to remove plaque before it can combine with your saliva to harden into yellowish tartar, aka calculus. Tartar can be responsible for tooth loss and cause a receding gum line. It also contributes to decay and gum disease. You definitely do not want that hanging around on your teeth!
While your teeth are being cleaned, your hygienist is also assessing for early signs of gingivitis. The beginnings of inflammation, tenderness and even slight bleeding might get by you at home, but not your hygienist's expert eye. As with most health issues, early detection and treatment are key for good outcomes. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, better to head it off before you have any major issues.
The hygienist will inspect your teeth for faulty fillings, alerting the dentist to any abnormal findings. A lot of people have the misconception that fillings are forever. Like anything else, wear and tear can take a toll on your fillings, leaving them vulnerable to additional decay. This decay can happen long before you have the symptom of pain to alert you to a problem with your tooth. When you see your dentist regularly they get to know you and can easily recognize any changes to your oral health.
Another reason to see your dentist regularly for cleanings is that this is the perfect time to ask any questions and bring up any concerns you may have. You can also inform them of any changes to your overall health such as new medications and health status changes. Your general health is closely tied to your oral health. Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma can greatly impact your dental health. Issues with dry mouth, often a side effect of medication, can increase your chances of having gum disease. Talk to your dentist, they are there to help and welcome the questions! Here at Magic Smiles in Linden NJ, your dental health is as important to us as it is to you!
Give us a call at Magic Smiles, we will get you scheduled for that essential dental cleaning ASAP!
515 North Wood Ave, Suite 102,
Linden, NJ 07036