How Often Should I Have My Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

teeth cleaning CarrolltonDid you know that one of the best ways to protect your teeth and gums from common dental conditions is as simple as receiving regular professional cleanings? A teeth cleaning removes substances in your mouth that you cannot clean with brushing and flossing alone. Our dentist explains why teeth cleanings are so important to maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing dental conditions such as gum disease and tooth loss.

The Importance of a Dental Cleaning

When you receive a dental cleaning, our hygienists use handheld tools that gently scrape away calculus deposits. Also called tartar, calculus is the hardened form of plaque and it cannot be removed by oral hygiene practices conducted at home. Your mouth is full of oral bacteria, and when you eat starches and sugars, bacteria will feed and colonize off these food particles because it is their natural food source. [pullquote]A teeth cleaning removes substances in your mouth that you cannot clean with brushing and flossing alone.[/pullquote]

During this process of bacteria feeding off sugar, a thin, sticky film of plaque will coat the teeth and gums. When plaque is not thoroughly removed by proper flossing and brushing, it will harden into tartar in a matter of days. Once plaque has hardened, only special dental tools can remove it without damaging tooth enamel.

Why Tartar Deposits Pose Risks to Your Oral Health

Tartar is a leading cause behind the development of periodontal disease. When not removed with a teeth cleaning, it will build up and eventually below the gum line. As this happens, the gum tissue will become inflamed, irritated, and ultimately infected. The gums will then recede and pull away from the teeth. When gum disease worsens and goes untreated, tartar will ultimately reach the roots of teeth. Tartar buildup along the roots of teeth paired with a lack of support from recessed gum tissue, will eventually lead to tooth loss.

A Professional Teeth Cleaning Prevents Gum Disease

You should schedule a teeth cleaning every six months along with an annual examination from our dentist. Regular cleanings prevent tartar accumulation and our hygienists are trained to look for subtle signs of gum disease. With regular visits to our practice, you can prevent and/or catch gum disease early on.

Contact us at 972-418-1811 today to reserve an appointment.