Ah, the age-old question: “How often is dental cleaning necessary?” Well, my friend, let me shed some light on this sparkling topic! Picture this: every six months, it’s time for a delightful dental dance. That’s right, dental cleaning is like a little rendezvous for your teeth and gums. It’s recommended to boogie on down to your dentist’s office twice a year for a professional cleaning. This fabulous routine not only keeps your smile looking dazzling but also ensures that any pesky plaque or tartar gets the boot. Of course, remember that every mouth is unique, so your dental dance schedule may vary. Your trusty dentist is the ultimate choreographer, ready to assess your oral health needs and set you up with the perfect cleaning routine. So, get ready to put on your dental dancing shoes, and let’s keep those chompers shining bright!
Should We Bother With Dentist Teeth Cleaning?
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. That’s why you need to take good care of your teeth! We only get one set of adult teeth, we need to take good care of them so that they can last through your entire life. To care for your teeth properly, it will require a partnership between you and your dentist. (That is where Luna Dentistry can come in!)
Why Is Regular Teeth Cleaning So Important?
It is essential for the health of your teeth that you see the dentist every six months for a cleaning. Even if you brush and floss daily, there are areas of your teeth that cannot be reached with a toothbrush.
It would take professional cleaning at the dentist to remove the plaque and tartar buildup from every area of your mouth. Their specialized equipment, knowledge and skills, and years of experience can take care of any nasty buildup that could harm your teeth, cause it to turn yellow, or give you bad breath!
There are a few reasons that bi-annual teeth cleanings are so important:
- Bright, white smile: A healthy smile is a white smile. When you have your teeth cleaned regularly, it will prevent your teeth from turning yellow. During the cleaning, stains that can discolor your teeth will be removed, leaving you with a white, bright smile.
- Prevents gum disease: If you don’t have your teeth cleaned regularly, you can develop gum disease. In the early stages of gum disease, the buildup of bacteria can cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed when you brush. Over time, the decay can cause the teeth to loosen and fall out prematurely.
- Prevent bad breath: Regular cleanings will remove any plaque and tartar that has built up. Cleanings will also prevent the growth of bacteria, which can result in bad breath.
- Cavities: If you have a cavity, it needs to be filled to prevent the decay from getting worse. If you don’t get the cavity filled, it can reach the nerve, which can be painful. When this happens, a root canal would be necessary. In severe cases, a root canal won’t help, and the tooth will need to be extracted. During your regular cleaning, your dentist will be able to catch the cavity and treat it with a simple filling.
- Prevent heart conditions: The bacteria that builds up on your teeth can get into your bloodstream. When this happens, it can result in a heart attack or a stroke. If you have your teeth cleaned every six months, it will prevent a buildup of this dangerous bacteria.
What Can You Do To Take Care Of Your Oral Health At Home?
If you want to keep your teeth as healthy as possible, there are things that you can do on your own between cleanings:
- Brush your teeth consistently: It is crucial that you brush your teeth daily. If possible, you should brush an hour after each meal. If not, you should brush at least twice a day (in the morning and at night). Electric toothbrushes are much more effective than manual ones, so be sure to invest in one.
- Floss daily: To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you should floss daily. Food, plaque, and tartar can build up between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach, making daily flossing essential. Floss gently and thoroughly!
- Use a water pick: Water picks are great for removing debris from between your teeth and at your gum line. The combination of pulsation and pressure from the water can clean harmful plaque and food particles from your teeth better than floss can.
If you want your teeth to last a lifetime, you have to take care of them. Not only do you need to brush and floss at home, but you also need to have them cleaned by your dentist every six months. Your smile depends on it.
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