The Importance of Dental Cleanings

The Importance of Dental Cleanings

October 31, 2018

You probably know that clean teeth mean healthy teeth, and that brushing and flossing are important to achieving this. Good oral hygiene habits also have other benefits such as an attractive smile, reducing bad breath, and preventing tooth decay along with other oral health issues. However, many people do not realize that part of a good oral hygiene regimen is visiting the dentist for a professional cleaning on a regular basis. At Sferra Dental in New York City, we want to emphasize the importance of these visits.

How often do I really need to visit the dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental cleanings once every six months for most people. Some adults in their 20s or 30s who have a good oral health history may only need to visit the dentist once a year. Others who have had issues in the past may need to visit more frequently, every three months.

So, what benefits are provided by a dental cleaning?

  • Remove plaque
    Plaque is a substance that continually forms in the mouth from food, saliva, and bacteria. It is white and sticky and, when left on the tooth surfaces for too long, can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing do a fairly good job of removing it, but you can’t reach all the surfaces of the teeth, especially those in the back of the mouth. Plaque can build up in these areas and cause serious damage; only a professional cleaning can reach this buildup and remove it.
  • Remove tartar
    Tartar, also called calculus, develops from plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface. It can also cause tooth decay and irritate the gums. Additionally, it can stain the teeth. Unlike plaque, tartar can only be removed professionally.
  • Polish and remove stains
    It’s not exactly a teeth whitening treatment, but a dental cleaning can help keep teeth looking bright by removing things like tartar that hold the stain on the teeth. It also polishes the teeth to remove existing stains.
  • Prevent problems from occurring
    As previously mentioned, leaving harmful substances like plaque and tartar on the teeth can lead to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. It can also cause sensitive or painful teeth. You can prevent these problems from developing by keeping up with regular dental appointments.

A big part of maintaining good oral health is starting treatment early. Though it’s still possible that some oral health issues may arise, developing a good oral hygiene regimen that includes regular dental visits is a good way to minimize the risk. These appointments are also opportunities for your dentist to discover other health-related issues. Stress, diabetes, acid reflux, and oral cancer can all be identified by your dentist, so visiting him regularly gives you the chance to catch these issues early on.

So, when was your last visit to the dentist office? If it has been more than six months, it might be a good idea to contact the offices of Dr. Sferra in New York, NY to schedule a dental cleaning and exam.