Dental cleanings allow patients to thoroughly clean their mouths, preventing future tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is one of the leading causes of cavities because it contains bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. The bacteria in plaque also cause bad breath. Tartar is a hardened form of plaque that is difficult to remove from teeth with at-home brushing and flossing. Over time, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to tooth discoloration or general discomfort in the mouth.
During a professional dental cleaning at Fallbrook Dental Care, plaque and tartar are removed from a patient’s teeth using a rotary brush and hand instruments. After cleaning, the dentist will polish your teeth to make them appear bright and clean. After cleaning, your dentist may recommend additional treatments, such as cosmetic dentistry procedures, to improve your smile.
Why Is Dental Cleaning Necessary?
Routine dental cleaning is essential because it helps remove plaque and tartar deposits built on the teeth over time. These substances can contribute to tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems if allowed to remain on the teeth and gums. Regularly scheduled dental cleanings can help prevent these problems from occurring.
A dental cleaning is also an essential preventive dentistry procedure that can help patients avoid needing more extensive dental treatments. Brushing and flossing can effectively remove food particles and debris from the surfaces of the teeth and gums, but they cannot always reach the deeper portions of the mouth. Plaque and tartar buildup often occurs in these hard-to-reach areas. During a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist will use specialized tools and techniques to remove this buildup from the teeth and gums so that it is not left behind to cause damage. This can help patients maintain optimal dental health between their regularly scheduled visits.
How Often Should I Receive a Dental Cleaning?
Most people need a dental cleaning at least twice a year, though you may need to go more often if you experience periodontal disease or tooth decay. During a cleaning, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth. This will prevent cavities, bad breath, gingivitis, and more. Without regular cleanings, you may develop gum disease that will require treatment by a periodontist. If left untreated, gum disease can cause the jawbone to deteriorate, eventually leading to tooth loss. In addition, the bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause other health complications. This is why it’s so essential to maintain good oral hygiene and schedule routine cleanings.