Professional Teeth Cleaning
The Importance of Frequent Teeth Cleanings
Teeth cleaning, or a dental hygiene appointment, is incredibly important to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing can eliminate the soft plaque build up on teeth from day to day eating and drinking. However, hardened plaque also known as tartar or calculus, can only be removed by a dental hygienist. At Coastal Smiles Dental Care we encourage our patients to schedule teeth cleanings at least twice per year to maintain good oral health .
Teeth cleanings are important because a build up of calculus on the teeth can cause gingivitis and periodontitis. The calculus causes inflamed gums and bone loss surrounding the teeth. If too much bone is lost around the teeth over time, the teeth can start to become mobile and eventually fall out of the mouth. The best way to make sure you do not lose your teeth is to keep them free of plaque and calculus. This can only be achieved through good oral hygiene practices at home and visiting your dental hygienist at least once every 6 months.
Occasionally a deep cleaning may be recommended. This is called a Scaling and Root Planing (or SRP for short). An SRP is needed when a patient has experienced bone loss and deep gum pockets. This type of deep cleaning (SRP) usually requires getting the gum area numb with local anesthetic because the hygienist is cleaning deep beneath the gums. These deep cleaning appointments are sometimes split into multiple appointments due to the extra time the deep cleanings require.
Current studies have found a strong connection between oral hygiene and overall health. These studies have shown that poor oral hygiene can negatively affect the heart and cardiac system. It is, therefore, imperative to maintain good oral health.
At Home Teeth Cleaning And Prevention
The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth at least 2 times per day. Soft plaque that can be brushed off at home can harden into calculus in 24 hours if not removed nightly. Calculus cannot be removed at home, so it is very important to brush thoroughly each day. Flossing is also incredibly important as food often gets stuck between teeth. Flossing should be done at least once per day before bed or after meals as needed.
It is very important to keep your teeth clean to prevent periodontitis as it can cause serious problems. To schedule an appointment for your teeth cleaning, please call us at (239) 394-3200