Most people understand teeth cleaning is of vital importance for their overall health. Then there are those who hate getting their teeth cleaned, and procrastinate on making that dentist appointment. It is completely understandable why some people are wary of going to the dentist; dental tools can look scary, they make loud noises and leaving your mouth open for a long period of time is uncomfortable. However, Magnolia Dental wants to dispel those unnecessary fears for you. We are here to make you comfortable in a potentially uncomfortable situation.
Teeth cleaning is essential for your dental health, and not just your oral health, so it is important to make this a habit.
If you want the best results from teeth cleaning, there are reasons why you should go to the dentist every six months and what you can do at home to improve your oral health.
Remove Plaque and Tartar
Let’s say you look at your teeth after brushing and notice your teeth look great. Your teeth are straight, pearly white, and they look healthy. So why should you have to go to the dentist? Plaque and tartar build around your teeth and gums. When you don't brush your teeth, plaque builds up and hardens. This hardened material is tartar, which is very normal and doesn't mean you have inadequate brushing and flossing habits. But the plaque and tartar will eventually need to be removed, and the best way to fully remove it is to visit your dentist for regular cleanings. While you can brush off the plaque with your toothbrush, a dentist can only remove tartar.
The best way to prevent plaque build-up and tartar forming is to brush twice a day and to floss once a day.
Cleaning the Gum Lines
When you brush your teeth, do you brush your gum lines? The average person doesn't think about tartar build-up on the gums when brushing. But this area does collect tartar, food, and other debris. These are factors a dentist looks for when cleaning your teeth. Even though the average person forgets to brush their gum lines, doing so is vital. With issues such as gum disease and gingivitis, it’s important to have healthy gums.
When you go for your cleaning, your dentist will check your gums to make sure they’re healthy. The dentist will use their tools to fully clean your gums. If the dentist sees bleeding, thinning or raised gums, and any kind of discoloration, they will inform you of how to proceed with protecting your gums. You can protect your gums even further by remembering to brush your gum lines (not your full gums) and flossing. Brush twice a day, and gently brush your toothbrush over your gum lines. Just be careful about the toothpaste you use — whitening toothpaste could damage your gums.
Gingivitis and Gum Disease
Gingivitis and gum disease are conditions that can become severe if you don’t go through treatment. During your regular cleaning, your dentist may notice signs of gingivitis or gum disease. From there, you’ll have to go through procedures to reverse its effects.
When too much plaque enters your gums, your gums become inflamed, which is one of the ways gingivitis is formed. When you don't treat gingivitis, your gums pull away from your teeth and form spaces between your teeth; these are called pockets. This is how gum disease is formed. When too many pockets develop and plaque is caught in these pockets, regular brushing cannot remove the plaque. Gum disease can cause recession of the gums and loss of bone from around your teeth. This can cause tooth loosening and even loss if not treated. From here, the dentist will recommend deep cleaning or another type of treatment. The best way to prevent gum disease and gingivitis is to take care of your gums by brushing and flossing daily, in addition to avoiding tobacco and sugar foods.
The dentist does more when cleaning your teeth. They are checking to make sure you don’t have anything wrong with your oral health, specifically cavities.
When cleaning your mouth, the dentist has a good view of what's going on with your teeth and gums. In conjunction with a wealth of experience, Magnolia Dental uses state-of-the-art tools to detect any issues.
If our experienced dentist finds a cavity during your cleaning, they will suggest the best way to proceed with the filling.
To prevent cavities altogether, make sure you are brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Avoid sugary foods and get in the habit of feeling around for holes in your teeth.
Finishing Up with Fluoride
One major treatment that only a dentist has is fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a thick gel that is brushed onto your teeth after your cleaning is finished. When fluoride varnish is used, it will help protect your teeth from cavities and sensitivity. The dentist will use this treatment after your teeth and gums are fully cleaned.
It is important to be careful about what you eat or drink when fluoride is used, especially the first couple of hours after your cleaning.
Regular Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning
The two main types of cleaning are regular cleaning and deep cleaning.
A regular cleaning is the typical cleaning session most people are used to when they visit the dentist. But if you it has been awhile since you have been to a cleaning or your teeth and gums are filled with tartar, your dentist will suggest a deep cleaning.
A deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is a very intense cleaning. Your dentist will thoroughly clean all of the tartar off of your teeth and gums. This type of cleaning ensures you’ll be protected from cavities and gum disease.
The best way to avoid deep cleaning is to brush your teeth twice a day and floss. Go to your dentist for a regular cleaning every year. If you’re prone to cavities, avoid sugary foods and other food and beverages that are bad for your teeth.
Time to Schedule Your Annual Cleaning
In addition to brushing and flossing every day, it’s important for all adults and children to visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam. In instances of gum disease, your dentist will likely want to see you three to four times a year to keep tartar and bacteria levels down in order to prevent further bone loss.
Whether you need a regular cleaning or a deep cleaning, the experienced dentists at Magnolia Dental in Greenville, SC, can give you healthy teeth and gums, and a great smile.