Why Dental Cleanings Are Essential

Posted by DR. CHRISTINE Y. LEE on Jun 23 2021, 12:36 AM

One of the best ways to prevent cavities and gum disease is by committing to routine dental cleanings and checkups. Your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any plaque that has hardened and turned into tartar. In addition to removing plaque, regular dental cleanings allow us to monitor your oral health. We can spot the early signs of gum disease and oral cancer and address these issues before they become more serious. 

Professional dental cleanings also give us the opportunity to discuss home care, nutrition, and lifestyle changes that can improve your oral health.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning Appointment?

During a professional cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky biofilm that builds up on the teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, it can cause cavities and gum disease. Tartar is a hardened form of plaque that is difficult to remove with regular oral hygiene. So, our dentist may use a special tool to scrape along the surface of your teeth, removing any plaque or tartar buildup. The dentist may also apply fluoride or sealants to protect your teeth. These pain-free procedures will keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

What are the Benefits of Dental Cleanings?

Preventing Gum Disease

Your dentist removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Then, we will polish your teeth with a paste to keep your teeth shiny and smooth. This polish contains fluoride, so it not only prevents tooth decay but also strengthens your teeth.

Improving Overall Health

In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, regular dental cleanings can also promote better overall health. This is because a beautiful smile is often a healthy one. 

Cosmetic Benefits

You can improve your smile’s appearance with the help of dental cleanings. When plaque and tartar build up, it can make your teeth appear discolored. These deposits also make your teeth look stained and dull. Cleanings can remove this buildup, helping your teeth look whiter and brighter.

No More Bad Breath

A professional dental cleaning can remove plaque and tartar that can build up on your teeth. Unfortunately, when you don’t remove this buildup, it can linger in between your teeth and cause bad breath. This is why it’s so important to get professional dental cleanings every six months. That way, you can remove plaque buildup and keep bad breath at bay.

Rivermark Dental at Santa Clara is happy to educate and provide exceptional dental treatments to the community. Please schedule an appointment online or call us at 408-988-7788 to have a consultation with our dentist, and we will be happy to assist you further.

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