Dental Cleanings Prevent Illnesses
A bright healthy smile begins with a professional dental cleaning. It is true that clean teeth increases self-confidence and makes people smile more, but there are long term advantages that go beyond appearances. The overall health benefits of regular teeth cleanings are significant.
There are many illnesses that have been directly linked to insufficient oral hygiene including:
- Respiratory infections
- Diabetic complications
- Cardiovascular disease
- Bone loss
These can be life threatening problems that may be prevented by having regular dental cleanings.
Neglect is the number one cause of cavities and gum disease. When teeth are not brushed and flossed everyday, a sticky bio-film called plaque begins to build up. It can be kept at a minimal if the person brushes and flosses each day. Plaque is full of bacteria and will harden if left unattended turning into hard tartar on the teeth and even below the gum line.
When the plaque hardens onto the enamel of the tooth, it will need to be removed during a professional dental cleaning. It is at the tartar stage that other health problems can arise. This is why it is so important to have the tartar removed on a routine basis.
The dentist and dental hygienist are trained to spot symptoms of oral cancer, decay, gum disease, and other conditions. It is standard practice to have a cleaning performed every 6 months unless the patient is susceptible to periodontal disease, in which, case every three months is recommended. Routine visits often include a health history discussion, complete exam, x-rays, and a cleaning.
Tartar hardens on the teeth making it difficult to get off by just using a toothbrush. This is why the dentist and hygienist use a tool called a scaler to scrap it off. Ultrasonic devices can also help in the removal process. After the tartar has been removed, the teeth are polished to create a smooth surface. This feels good and makes it harder for plaque to attach to.
Mesa Dental specializes in family and cosmetic dentistry. Their goal is to help the patient feel comfortable and give them the care they need to be healthy and confident. There is always more to a smile than meets the eye and Mesa Dental wants to be a part of the process towards good health. People in and around the Mesa, AZ area should call Mesa Dental to schedule an appointment.