Why You Should Schedule a Dental Cleaning

Posted on: November 15, 2016

Dental CleaningIn our office, we can perform a dental cleaning in under an hour, helping you obtain healthy teeth as efficiently as possible. We perform this standard procedure in under an hour on a regular basis and recommend that you schedule a cleaning for twice a year. By visiting us at our dental office in Burien, we can ensure that there is no plaque or tartar on your teeth.

Even if you brush consistently, there are certain spaces in your mouth that are difficult, if not impossible, to reach without professional help.
Flossing can be useful, but it is not a solve-all and even with floss. Unfortunately, these hard to reach spaces are susceptible to tooth decay, due to plaque and food particles becoming stuck in them. If you leave the plaque in place for too long, you can end up with gum disease. A regularly-scheduled cleaning can help prevent infection.

What we do at our dental office in Burien

When you visit us for a teeth cleaning, we will examine each of your teeth and your gums. During the process, we will identify any signs of cavities, infection, or gum disease and treat them as soon as possible. We will also look for signs of oral cancer that include hard lumps, bumps, red and white dots, or rough patches. If we identify any health problems, we will let you know and discuss possible treatment methods. Otherwise, we will proceed with cleaning your teeth.

During the dental cleaning, we will use an abrasive toothpaste and dental tools. We will gently reach into every small space to remove the built-up plaque and break up any tartar that is on your teeth in order to remove it. As a result of this cleaning and polishing, your teeth will appear healthy and more youthful. We can remove many of the surface stains that you have with professional teeth cleanings to make your smile will be significantly brighter.

Why dental cleanings are important

Your oral health is not something that you want to take for granted. A regular dental cleaning is essential when it comes to preventative dental care. By removing plaque, we can reduce the risk of developing cavities or infection. Most importantly, we reduce the risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition that can eventually lead to tooth loss. In the initial stage, gum disease causes irritation, inflammation, swelling, and bleeding gums. If we can catch and treat the condition in the early stages, then there is a chance to eradicate the infection before it causes more damage.

If plaque and tartar are left underneath the gums, the gums may start to recede or pull away from the tooth structure. As the gums recede, your teeth and roots will be exposed and susceptible to attack from bacteria. This often leads to bone loss, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss. Not something to take for granted, your oral health must be preserved, and a dental cleaning allows us to do so while making it possible for you to retain your natural teeth for years to come.

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