If you have been wishing to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile, it is important that you know how to provide proper care for your teeth and gums so that you will not have to suffer from oral health problems that will destroy their function, health and appearance. Preventive care is what your oral health needs and that means your regular brushing and flossing should also be incorporated with regular dental visits and cleanings.
Dental visits for checkups and consultations are crucial to your oral health. It is in these visits that your dentist can have a comprehensive and thorough assessment of the condition of your teeth and gums to see if they are damaged or decayed. He will also be checking if the surfaces of your teeth have deposits of plaque and tartar because it is in these places that the dental caries will start. These tartar and plaque deposits are the same reasons behind gum problems, which explains why these should not be ignored but should be addressed right away
During your dental checkup, your dentist will be checking on the condition of your gums to make sure they are in good health and do not have any signs of infection. Your dentist can tell that your gums are in good health when the spaces are shallow. But if the spaces are deeper, this can be an indication of a gum infection or disease. The dental checkup will also include the examination of the other parts of your oral cavity, as well as your neck, head, face, and tongue, so that your dentist can spot early signs of possible oral health problems.
Deep or professional dental cleaning is also an essential aspect of a good oral hygiene. Dental cleanings can help protect your teeth from bacterial attacks that cause cavities, bad breath, gum problems and even oral cancer. Dental cleanings, also referred to as prophylaxis, refers to the procedure performed by your dentist where he removes the tartar build up from your teeth so that it will not progress to the development of decay. Tartar deposits cannot be removed by simple brushing which explains why dental cleanings are important. There are also certain food particles and debris that get stuck between your teeth and are not removed by brushing and flossing and by having dental cleanings, you can get rid of these things and make sure that your mouth is thoroughly cleaned.
The process of dental cleaning involves scaling and root planning. When you say scaling, it is the process by which your dentist scrapes the hardened tartar on your teeth to prevent them from developing decay. Scaling enables your dentist to properly clean the smallest spaces between your teeth and remove the plaque from your gum line. Planing, on the other hand, refers to the process by which the rough edges of your teeth are being smoothened out so that there will be no place for the bacteria to harbor and proliferate.
Why are dental cleanings and checkups important?
- Dental cleanings can protect your teeth from cavities especially when there are already deposits of tartar on the surfaces of your teeth. When you get dental cleanings, these deposits can be removed before they even cause tooth decay. Tartar forms when plaque is not removed and when plaque has already hardened into a tartar, you will not be able to get rid of it anymore no matter how you brush, which explains why regular dental cleanings are important.
- You can prevent tooth loss when you get dental cleanings. Tooth loss is just one of the many results of gum diseases and gum problem result from bacterial attack. When the spread of bacteria in your mouth is controlled, you are less likely to suffer from gum problems, which also mean a reduced risk of early tooth loss.
- Dental cleanings can help you get rid of bad breath. Bad breath is most of the time caused by bacteria in your mouth, and when you ensure that your mouth is thoroughly cleaned, you are also less likely to suffer from bad breath.
To schedule an appointment for checkups and cleanings, you can call Norcross Dental Associates at (770) 334-9880, or visit us at 5448 Spalding Drive, Building 100, Suite A, Norcross, GA 30092.