Dental Cleaning and Periodontal Treatment

An important part of each patient’s overall health and well-being is regular dental care.

Reasons include:

To help maintain overall health. Researchers are continually uncovering additional evidence that a person’s overall and dental health are connected. A dental cleaning every six months to keep your gums and teeth healthy could even reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, regular oral examinations can even result in your health care provider detecting the early signs of health problem.

To prevent gum disease. 
Gum (periodontal) disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque – a sticky, colorless, bacteria-filled film that adheres to your teeth. As plaque builds up, it hardens and becomes tartar, which can be difficult remove. The bacteria in plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation and gingivitis. If harmful bacteria are not removed and the inflammation continues, the gum tissues can be destroyed and put you at risk of developing gum disease.

To keep your teeth intact. 
If you are dealing with gum disease, the pockets grow deeper, and plaque moves further down the tooth root, destroying supporting bone which can lead to eventual tooth loss. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, so regular dental exams and cleanings and brushing and flossing in between visits are vital to keeping your teeth.

To have a brighter smile. 
Tobacco use or drinking coffee, tea and other beverages can cause tooth staining as can certain medications. Teeth cleaning by your dentist or hygienist can often remove these external stains – and cleaning promotes good oral health. In addition to removing plaque and tartar during your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth for your best smile possible!

To prevent bad breath. 
Persistent bad breath or halitosis is caused by poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, unclean dentures, oral carcinomas or throat infections. Good oral hygiene is essential in keeping many of these conditions at bay and can prevent bad breath.

Regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene – and your overall health.