Dental cleanings (most commonly referred to as teeth cleanings in the dentist’s office) are a simple procedure for the removal of mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine at home care.
Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
1. Prevent cavities
The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings.
2. Stop tooth loss
Periodontal disease (gum disease), which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the root of the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen. Luckily, the chance of this happening can be greatly reduced by receiving regular dental cleanings and good oral habits.
3. Brighten your smile
Drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? A whiter, brighter smile!
4. Freshen your breath
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.
5. Boost your overall health
Studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.