Maintain a Healthy Smile with a Routine Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning procedure should be performed at least twice a year to protect your dental health and keep teeth looking their best. When it comes to overall dental health and wellness, regular cleanings are an essential part of preventative dentistry.

What is Involved in a Dental Cleaning?

There are actually two main types of dental cleanings. A standard cleaning consists of the targeted removal of plaque on the surfaces of teeth and near the gum line. This can be done using standard dental hand tools or lasers. Both options are highly effective in the hands of an expert dentist.

If there is suspicion of advanced gingivitis, periodontitis (bone loss, gum disease), a deep cleaning may be performed. A deep cleaning is intended to target plaque and calculus beneath the gum line most often in pockets where there is bone loss or periodontal disease. A deep cleaning procedure targets places that are extremely hard to reach with normal brushing and flossing. Usually, gum tissue must be temporarily pulled back to access the treatment area. A standard cleaning can often be performed immediately after a deep cleaning.

Standard cleanings typically do not require anesthesia and most often take only one visit. Deep cleanings most often do require anesthesia and can take 2 or more visits to complete. Most patients in the Colorado Springs area choose to have a dental checkup and a cleaning done on the same day. If your checkup uncovers any issues, such as cavities, you can talk to your dentist about getting fillings and other services in a follow-up appointment.

Why Are Dental Cleanings So Important?

Brushing and flossing are crucial for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but they may not always be enough on their own. Dental cleanings serve to eliminate advanced plaque buildup that takes place as bacteria tries to colonize the teeth. As this buildup becomes stronger and stickier, it grows impervious to ordinary brushing. Soon afterward, tooth decay and cavities can result. Another result of this bacteria ladened plaque and calculus is inflammation. This causes bone loss or what dentists call periodontal disease. This is the primary cause of tooth loss in the U.S.

Dental cleanings can also help reduce bacterial colonies beneath the gum line, where brushing is ineffective. This helps safeguard sensitive tissue of the gums from inflammation and other symptoms. Cleanings are a great adjunct to both your dental care regimen and your body’s natural defenses.

Issues You Can Avoid by Getting Regular Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings have a vital role to play in halting tooth decay and cavities. Only these cleanings can remove heavy plaque coatings from teeth and prevent enamel from being degraded by bacterial action. Plus, cleanings give your dentist time to notice issues that can be treated in the early stages, before your teeth and gums are at serious risk.

Cleanings are valuable in protecting the gums, too. Each of your teeth relies on strong gums for a secure hold and healthy blood circulation. Unfortunately, many people suffer from gingivitis, a form of chronic gum inflammation, for weeks or even months without realizing it. Cleanings can arrest the progress of gingivitis and keep it from developing into dangerous periodontitis (bone loss).

Cleanings are also valuable in reducing the bacterial load in your mouth and bloodstream. Studies have shown positive correlations with keeping your mouth healthy and clean with better blood glucose control with Diabetics. Also, did you know that before a patient can have any kind of heart surgery the surgeon asks for an oral health clearance from their dentist? The reason why is the more healthy your mouth, the less risk of post-operative infections and complications with the heart. And the opposite is true – the more diseased the mouth and gums are, the higher the risk is for complications. There are many other positive and negative correlations with other surgeries and health problems that are linked to the oral cavity.

Bottom line is this; the mouth is your doorway to the rest of your body. Keep your mouth healthy and clean, and you’re more likely to have better overall health.

How to Maintain Good Dental Health

Everyone should strive to brush in the mornings, before bed, and shortly after each meal. It is also a good idea to floss as regularly as you can, with a daily habit producing the best possible results. For optimal results, especially if you have any bone loss, use a Waterpik. This device blows a jet stream of water between your teeth and down into your gums. It helps clean those very hard to reach areas and helps you maintain better oral health. For best results, use around all surfaces of your teeth and down towards your gums daily.

Another way to strengthen your defenses is to make sure that you are exercising regularly, eating right, and adding good multivitamin supplements to your diet. Find a good functional medicine physician if you need help with this.

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If you want to strengthen your mouth’s defenses even further, you can consider chewing sugarless gum. This supports the production of saliva, which naturally disrupts plaque colonies and helps balance mouth ph. Anti-bacterial mouthwash can be useful, too.

As useful as these techniques are, a trusted Colorado Springs dentist is your best ally. Request an appointment with My Dental Company for compassionate care from Dr. Doug Olson and his leading local dentistry team.