Maintaining a healthy mouth involves several essential components. Optimal oral hygiene starts at home with regular daily brushing and flossing. While these habits are crucial for eliminating buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, they are only part of what keeps your mouth healthy. At Winning Smile Dental Group, we can help you to maintain optimal oral health with regular dental cleanings.
The Importance of Regular Cleanings
During the day, plaque and bacteria accumulate on the surfaces of your teeth. They both produce acids that can erode your protective enamel if they are left on the surfaces of your teeth for too long. They can also irritate your sensitive gum tissue, which can lead to inflammation and gum disease. Additionally, plaque can harden into tartar, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush, no matter how often, or how hard, you brush.
Brushing and flossing every day is essential for removing plaque, bacteria, and the acids they produce. However, even if you follow the ADA guidelines, there may be areas of your mouth that are harder to reach than others. These areas may be missed when you brush and floss. This can result in some areas accumulating buildup, which can still lead to cavities and gum disease. Professional cleanings are designed to remove all buildup, including the most stubborn tartar from all surfaces of your teeth. We are even able to reach the areas of your mouth that you might miss when you brush and floss at home. We are equipped with the latest dental tools and technologies that enable us to help you effectively protect the health of your mouth.
Cleaning Your Teeth
The ADA recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. These cleanings are fairly simple, straightforward procedures. Your cleaning starts with a thorough scrubbing of your teeth. Using a specialized tool, we scrape all surfaces of your teeth, including between them as well as along, and below, the gum line. We can remove all buildup, including plaque, tartar, bacteria, and any other debris that may be stuck in your mouth.
After your teeth have been scraped, they are polished. This is done using an electric handpiece with a rotating head and a dental polish that contains abrasives. As we polish your teeth, the abrasives scrub their surfaces, eliminating surface stains and leaving them with a beautiful, clean shine. Finally, your teeth are flossed. We can remove any buildup that may be stuck between your teeth, including any loose debris or polish that may have accumulated during your cleaning. If necessary, we can also provide you with a fluoride treatment.
Benefits of Professional Cleanings
Professional cleanings provide you with several benefits. These benefits include:
Removing all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, including the most stubborn plaque.
Cleaning all surfaces of your teeth, including spaces that you may not be able to clean effectively on your own.
Brightening your smile. Scraping and polishing removes surface stains.
Freshening your breath. Bacteria and other debris that contribute to bad breath are removed.
Preventing serious oral health issues. This helps you to avoid potentially invasive and expensive dental procedures, saving you money.
Regular professional cleanings are a critical component of maintaining optimal oral health. For more information, and to schedule your next professional cleaning, call Winning Smile Dental Group today at (224) 307-4977.