Good oral hygiene is important not only for your smile and oral health but also for your overall health.
Oral infections have been shown to be linked with more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Twice-a-year cleaning can help prevent these conditions while at the same time improving your smile and self-esteem.
Is teeth cleaning necessary?
Ordinary toothbrushing may help prevent plaque buildup but it has no control over tartar that comes from salivary calcium.
Dentists and dental hygienists use special tools to scrape off this stubborn layer from the surface of your teeth and under the gum line. Here are some of the benefits of plaque and tartar-free teeth:
- Cavity prevention – Plaque is a leading cause of tooth decay. Its acidic nature makes it a threat to the enamel and may cause cavities if left unattended.
- Prevents tooth loss – Plaque buildup is known to cause gum disease, which if left untreated weakens the supporting bone in the jaw causing teeth to fall out.
- Brightens your smile – Unattended plaque grows into tartar – a substance that might not always take the color of teeth. Thorough teeth cleaning can help remove this unsightly layer from your teeth and give you a whiter and brighter smile.
How is the teeth cleaning process like?
The first step involves scraping off of tartar and plaque using a sharp-edged tool called a scaler. The extent of tartar accumulation will determine how long this part of the procedure will take.
Your dental hygienist or dentist will then brush your teeth thoroughly using an electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste. Your mouth will be rinsed clean after this and your dentist will check for any remaining tartar with the help of a small mirror.
Thorough flossing, one tooth at a time, usually is the final part of the teeth cleaning process.