The Importance of Professional Dental Cleanings

By Dr. Damon on July 11, 2015

A female patient undergoing a professional dental cleaningYou brush your teeth after every meal, religiously. You floss and you use an antimicrobial mouth rinse that, according to the label, is recommended by four out of five dentists. When you chew gum, it is always sugar free. Your smile appears to be radiant and healthy, even though you’ve missed your share of dental exams over the past few years. What’s the big deal, anyway? Why should you worry about having your teeth cleaned professionally when you do such a great job of brushing, flossing, and rinsing your teeth at home?

This may not be exactly the way that you think, but unfortunately, millions of Americans do. In fact, millions of Americans believe their mouths to be in excellent health until they experience tooth or gum pain, by which time damage to their oral health has already occurred. This is particularly unfortunate because most oral health problems are fairly simple to treat in their earliest stages - but the only way to treat them in their earliest stages is through timely diagnosis, and timely diagnosis is only possible through regular dental exams.

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit the dentist at least twice a year for oral exams and professional cleanings. These professional cleanings are as important to the health of your teeth as the oral exams. In fact, without regular professional cleanings, your mouth will be highly vulnerable to disease and infection no matter how rigorous your at-home oral hygiene regimen is. This is why we strongly urge our patients to undergo twice-yearly professional dental cleanings at our Fort Worth practice.

And if you haven’t visited a dentist for an oral exam and professional cleaning in the last year, we recommend that you visit Texas Denture Clinic today.

Why are professional dental cleanings important?

Your mouth is a haven for bacteria. Even if you brush and floss your teeth after every meal and rinse your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash, your mouth will still contain billions of bacteria. Not all of these bacteria will cause harm to your mouth; however, those that accumulate on your teeth to form a sticky substance called plaque will indeed cause significant harm over time.

Of course, the purpose of brushing, flossing, and rinsing is to rid your teeth of this plaque and eliminate as much of the harmful bacteria from your mouth as possible. As long as you brush and floss properly, your at-home oral hygiene regimen should be sufficient to keeping your teeth and gums healthy between dental visits.

However, you must realize that there are places within your mouth where bacteria and plaque can hide beyond the reach of your toothbrush and floss. Over time, this plaque will harden into a substance called tartar. Even if you could reach this tartar, you could not remove it on your own. Only a professional dentist or hygienist could remove it. In the meanwhile, the harmful bacteria that take refuge in places you cannot reach are able to cause unseen damage to your teeth and gums, potentially leading to the early stages of tooth decay and gum disease.

If you have your teeth and gums professionally cleaned every six months, these hidden enemies of your oral health will be eradicated, and you can start over with a clean slate. Your teeth will be tartar free, and if you are experiencing the early stages of gum disease, you can receive treatment before any permanent or serious damage is done.

Learn More about the Importance of Professional Dental Cleanings

To learn more about the importance of professional dental cleanings, or to schedule your dental cleaning, please contact Texas Denture Clinic today.

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