How Can Cleaning Prevent Gum Disease?

preventing gum diseaseYou’ve heard the saying before, “A healthy mouth is a happy mouth.” But, what exactly does that mean? After all, brushing our teeth is a daily habit that we all do. Still, you can’t help but wonder if the recommended bi-annual dental cleaning is really necessary and if it’s worth the cost to get it done? What is the big deal with a professional dental cleaning, anyway?

Professional dental cleanings do so much more than simply give you a cleaner smile. The plaque and debris that build up on your teeth over time can cause more damaging and costly dental problems if left untreated. It can lead to dental decay as well as gum disease.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a buildup of mouth bacteria that irritates your gums leaving them red and swollen. Gums bleed easily, especially when you brush your teeth. While gum disease generally begins with gingivitis, it is reversible if you act on it. But, allow the problem to fester and the gum disease may progress into periodontal disease. Pockets can form between your teeth and gums making it easier for bacteria, plaque, and tartar (calculus) to collect there, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss if not treated.

Is daily toothbrushing enough to stop gum disease?

Although daily toothbrushing is vital to maintaining the health and hygiene of your teeth and gums, it’s not always enough to keep bacteria-filled plaque and tartar from building up in hard-to-reach places. Bi-annual professional cleanings help remove what brushing and flossing alone leave behind. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it can only be removed by hygienists tools. If left there, bacteria will continue to grow in the tartar and eat away at enamel.

What happens during a dental cleaning?cleaning

A dental hygienist will scrape debris from the surface of your teeth and along and just above the gum line. This removes the plaque and tartar that regular daily brushing and flossing leaves behind. The hygienist will also polish your teeth to remove any surface stains.

When combined with daily toothbrushing and flossing, bi-annual professional cleaning can help prevent gum disease from plaque and tartar buildup. Your hygienist and dentist will also examine your mouth for other oral, dental, and overall health problems.

To find out more about how professional dental cleanings can help you keep your smile healthy and prevent gum disease, Call us today at (954) 983-9004 to schedule a consultation.

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