Going to the dentist when you have a terrible toothache or a serious oral health issue can cost you a lot of time and money. Conversely, being more proactive when it comes to your oral health can help you save on both! One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to schedule regular preventative dental cleaning appointments.
The fuzzy-like film that clings onto the surfaces of your teeth is called biofilm (or plaque). This acidic bacterium takes form whenever you fail to brush and floss your teeth regularly. If the plaque is not removed within 24-72 hours it will harden into calculus (or tartar) which is similar to a barnacle on a boat. The goal is to remove the bacteria in a preventive matter before it migrates and hardens below your gums and causes gum disease and/or dental decay.
Professional hygienists use special instruments to remove all forms of bacteria that have accumulated on your teeth and under your gums since your last appointment.
Gum disease is triggered by the accumulation of plaque and tartar below your gum line. As this happens, your gums detach from your teeth and bone loss occurs. Without routine regular dental cleanings to remove the plaque and tartar, your teeth could become mobile and at risk for tooth loss.
Bad breath or Halitosis is a side effect to gum disease. No amount of brushing, flossing, and rinsing can treat this nuisance if the plaque and tartar is already below the gums. However, with a professional dental cleaning, bad breath or halitosis can be treated and future reoccurrence prevented.
No matter how well you brush your teeth, you won’t be able to get rid of the stains that are lodged within the pores of your teeth. Years of smoking tobacco and consuming dark-colored foods and drinks can leave your teeth with stubborn stains. Unfortunately, those with crooked teeth tend to be more susceptible to plaque, tartar and stain buildup because of the odd angles their toothbrush may not reach.
Thankfully, your hygienist uses an ultrasonic scaler and polisher to debride the years of stain-causing bacteria from your enamel each time you get a professional cleaning.
Our team of dental experts at Seaside Dentistry is excited to play a role in improving your oral health. Schedule a visit today to get a healthier and more beautiful smile!