Do you ever wonder why dentists recommend a teeth cleaning every six months? Routine teeth cleanings are essential for many reasons, and here are our Top 5:
1. Preventing gum disease
Gum disease stems from inadequate oral hygiene. Without proper brushing, routine flossing and regular teeth cleanings, plaque will build on your teeth and lead to gum inflammation. Some bacteria and plaque cannot be removed by flossing and brushing, and, thus, regular cleanings are needed to clean these areas.
2. Oral cancer screening
During your dental cleaning, your hygienist not only cleans your teeth but also screens for suspicious lesions in and around your mouth. Unfortunately, around 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and the five-year survival rate is only 50% percent. However, survival rates drastically increase with early detection. So, please visit your dental office regularly for your hygiene appointments.
3. Routine check up
During the dental cleaning, your dentist will typically examine you. In addition, any necessary x-rays are taken to detect potential or existing dental problems before they progress. Also, your hygiene appointment is an opportunity to express any worries or ask any questions about your oral health.
4. Prevent bad breath
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is often due to inadequate oral hygiene. As your body fights the bacteria in your mouth, chemicals are released that smell poorly.
5. Brightens your smile
Your hygienist not only removes the plaque from your teeth but also polishes off stains and discolorations as much as possible.
Below, you will see links to much more information about dental cleanings. We dedicated a lot of time to writing these articles, and we hope that we answer most of your questions. So, if you are interested in learning more about how to keep your smile clean and beautiful, please continue to read…
Also, you can check out Dr. Lissauer’s blog post about how often you should go for dental exams.
About the teeth cleaning experience at Lissauer Dental:
In our office, your dental health is our goal. We want your smile to be healthy and beautiful. Our four wonderful hygienists, Nancy, Vicki, Maria and Lindy, will show you how to brush and floss properly to keep your mouth fresh and clean. Our hygienists create an extremely welcoming environment to ensure your comfort. We even have TVs in the ceilings, so you can lie back, relax, and watch during your teeth cleaning.