Maintaining oral hygiene is essential not just for the teeth and gums but also for a healthy mind and body. Many people see the mouth as a separate thing from the rest of the body. But the reality is that it’s all connected — and issues in your mouth can result in or even act as a sign of disease in other parts of your body — including dementia and heart disease.
Most dentists advise having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months to lessen the likelihood of periodontal disease progressing.
Professional teeth cleaning done by a certified dental hygienist intends to remove plaque, tartar and stains that have collected on the teeth. Even with regular brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums, tartar can form. The professional cleaning of teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and is required periodically to keep your teeth and gums in good health.
BENEFITS OF ROUTINE CLEANING PROCEDURES:
1) Prevent cavities
The white coating that forms on your teeth is called plaque and is the primary cause of tooth decay. This layer of plaque produces an acidic substance which eats away the tooth surface and, if neglected, can lead to cavities. It can be avoided by brushing, flossing and professional cleanings.
2) Prevent tooth loss
Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major reason behind tooth loss in adults. With gum disease progression, plaque moves further down the tooth, damaging the supporting bone in your jaw and causing teeth to loosen and fall out. It can be reduced by regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits.
3) Brighten your smile
Your teeth can get stained by drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco. A professional dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result is a white, brighter smile!
4) Freshen your breath
Good oral hygiene is required to avoid persistent bad breath. Getting a routine professional cleaning is an excellent way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.
5) Boost your overall health
There is a relationship between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some disorders, like heart disease and stroke. Many life-threatening medical conditions can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.
TYPES OF TEETH CLEANING PROCEDURES:
There are different kinds of teeth cleanings, depending on how healthy your gums are
A) No Gum Disease
In this case, there’s no bleeding when the dentist flosses your gums or puts the probe in your pockets to measure them. This is the best state that you can attain for a healthy mouth.
Treatment: Maintenance of this state. It is unbelievably easier to maintain good health and prevent disease than to become unhealthy and seek treatment. Ask your dentist how to keep this good health. You will still need regular teeth cleanings to avoid any problem in future.
Gingivitis means your gums are responding to an infection, and they’re diseased. Healthy gums don’t bleed when examined.
If you have gingivitis, your gums show bleeding when you floss them or when the dentist measures your pockets. There can be some swelling and redness along the edges of the gum.
Treatment: You will need to do regular brushing and flossing to keep good oral hygiene. You also need a demo of proper technique and method of brushing and flossing by your dentist and also a professional cleaning of all your teeth.
C) Early Periodontitis
At this stage, the gingivitis that you've had for some time has advanced to something more severe. Your dentist might tell that you have deep pockets. Your gums bleed when flossed or probed.
Gum recession is also seen at this stage. Gum recession is when gums pull down, away from the tooth. Receding gums aren’t attractive, and they lead to tooth sensitivity because the root of the tooth becomes exposed as the gum pulls down. Gum recession is 100% irreversible and is permanent.
Treatment: Early periodontitis is the beginning of a very dangerous path. If you’re at this stage, it is recommended to have a deep cleaning, called as scaling and root planing.
At this point, root planing is needed as there’s so much tartar buildup that brushing and flossing on your own will not help. It’s impossible for you to clean down to the tooth surface and can only be removed by a professional deep cleaning.
D) Moderate to Severe Periodontitis
In this stage, you have more deep pockets (with bone loss) and bleeding gums. As the severity increases, it becomes harder to get them healthy again.
Treatment: Multiple scaling and root planing. Surgery is usually required as the gums will no longer respond to normal treatment.
Professional teeth cleaning treatments are the primary means of preventing and treating periodontal disease and maintaining oral health. You should take care of your teeth if you want them to last longer.
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