Brushing and flossing daily may seem like it’s enough for you to keep your pearly whites nice and clean. However, it’s important and crucial to visit our dentist for regular teeth cleanings. So how often do you need your teeth to be cleaned?
We get it – going to the dentist can be scary. About 20 percent of Americans visit the dentist if they absolutely need to, and some try to avoid it at all possible. Naturally, as we eat every day, this can lead to serious damages to your oral health and can even lead to a disease and tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, the recommended number of visits for regular cleanings is twice a year for adults and children. For patients who have a periodontal disease, it is recommended to visit every three months.
What do we do during a cleaning?
The dental procedure for a regular cleaning is simple and a lot less scary than it seems. You’ll go through a series of x-rays to check your teeth and gum health, a routine cleaning and an exam. During the dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will begin to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth, use water to wash away and loosen the buildup and finally polish your teeth and floss. This procedure is key in removing plaque buildup.
Benefits of a cleaning
Going to have your teeth cleaned by professionals has a number of health benefits. First, it will prevent you from gum disease, like gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up around your teeth, often causing your gums to swell up and bleed when you brush your teeth. Teeth cleaning at the dentist will make sure to take away all plaque buildup in your teeth to specifically prevent this disease. Oral cleanings are also key in detecting a cancer in an early stage, preventing bad breath and gum disease. You can even save money on expensive procedures in the long run by regularly cleaning your teeth.
To keep your teeth clean and healthy, call Gulf Coast Dental to schedule your next teeth cleaning today.