Your teeth are important. They help you to chew your food, speak clearly and smile with confidence. But did you know that your teeth also play a role in your overall health? That’s right – your oral health can have an impact on your overall health and well-being.
We all know that we should brush our teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once. But even with good oral hygiene habits, it’s still important to see the dentist regularly for professional cleanings. Why is that?
Well, for one thing, your toothbrush can only do so much. When you eat sugary or starchy foods, they leave behind a plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums. If not removed, it can harden into tartar, which is much more difficult to remove.
Professional cleanings by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove plaque and tartar buildup before it leads to tooth decay or gum disease. Moreover, your dentist will also check for signs of other oral health problems, such as tooth decay or oral cancer. They may also take X-rays to check for problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Specifically, dentists use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. The process is called scaling and polishing, and it’s usually done at your regular dental cleaning appointment. Scaling helps to remove tartar that has built up on your teeth. This process is done with a small, hand-held instrument called a scaler. The scaler is used to scrape away the tartar from your teeth.
Polishing helps to remove any remaining plaque and debris from your teeth. This process is done with a rotating brush that has a special abrasive toothpaste on it. The toothpaste contains tiny particles that help to break up the plaque and debris on your teeth. After your teeth have been scaled and polished, your dentist may also floss your teeth. This helps to remove any plaque or debris that may be in between your teeth.
So, how often should you have a professional dental cleaning? The American Dental Association recommends that most people have a cleaning at least twice a year. However, some people may need more frequent cleanings if they have certain risk factors for oral health problems, such as gum disease.
A regular dental cleaning usually takes about 30 minutes. Most people do not feel pain during a regular cleaning. However, some people may feel some sensitivity after the cleaning if their teeth are particularly stained or if they have tartar buildup. If you experience any discomfort, be sure to let your dentist or hygienist know.
If it’s been more than six months since your last professional cleaning, or if you are experiencing any pain or sensitivity in your teeth, gums, or mouth, contact us today at Renova Smiles. We would be happy to help get you scheduled for regular cleaning and checkup. Remember, taking care of your teeth is important not just for your oral health, but for your overall health as well.