The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

 In oral hygiene

We all know it’s important to do a proper spring-cleaning every now and then to get all those difficult areas of our homes really clean, for the sake of health and beauty. It’s even more important to call in the right Sunnyvale dentist regularly to do the same for our mouths. And for the same reasons.

Letting our dentists provide thorough wall to wall dental cleaning is taking a major step in the right direction as far as both the beauty of our smiles, and the general health of our bodies goes. And it’s cleaning we just can’t seem to get right by ourselves, no matter how hard we try,

Our mouths are the gateway to our bodies. They are where the foods we eat, the liquids we drink and the very air we breathe, make their entry. Unfortunately, they bring with them not only nourishment, but also the possibility of disease. Unless our mouths are hygienic and healthy, these inputs can be corrupted at the start of the processing chain. If this happens, the spoilt product can be passed on to the rest of the body, and spread bacteria and infection throughout.

Poor oral hygiene can affect your overall health

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Oral hygiene and health problems have been associated with far more than tooth decay and erosion because of infections or plaque build-ups.  Within the mouth, gum disease can also lead to possible tooth loss if the plaque descends into the roots, and affects the bones which support the teeth and gums. This can loosen the teeth and cause them to fall out.

Gum disease has also been shown to have links with diabetes and oral infection and bacteria are claimed to contribute to heart problems and strokes.

Regular dental cleanings can help to keep such health hazards at bay, or help your dentist to spot dangers early so that prompt action can be taken to try and stop them in their tracks.

Your dentist can do it best

Your dentist has the right tools and expertise to really clean your teeth, in a way it’s hard to manage to do at home, even with the best of intentions, and the most regular of oral hygiene programs.

Your dentist has a good chance of removing the tartar and almost all of the bacteria-laden plaque which builds up in your mouth and leads to decay as well as gum problems like irritation, inflammation or disease.

Should it be necessary, your dentist will recommend deep cleaning (also known as root planning or scaling) to remove any plaque build-up in the pocket between the gums and the teeth

Get the beauty bonuses

Clearly, professional cleaning is about more than aesthetics, but it does have the benefits of removing stains caused by smoking, some medications and drinks like tea, coffee or red wine. It can also sometimes help solve bad breath problems.

It is probably most convenient to schedule cleanings along with your regular dental check-ups, which should ideally be done every six months and certainly once a year at least. However, if you have had gum or periodontal disease, you might need to go more often to ensure the disease doesn’t return.

Do your part

As essential as professional cleanings are, it’s equally important to maintain a good oral hygiene program yourself between these cleanings. Be sure to schedule two-minute brushing sessions twice a day, and floss between your teeth after one of these sessions. Also try to rinse your mouth afterwards if you’ve eaten sugary or acidic foods.

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