Why Regular Teeth Cleanings Are Important
Part of our philosophy at B & D Dental Excellence is that we would rather preserve and beautify your natural teeth than restore and replace them. Dental implants are great, and our CEREC system allows us to create amazingly attractive all-ceramic dental crowns in one visit, but nothing matches your natural teeth for longevity, functionality, and attractiveness. That’s why we recommend regular cleanings and checkups.
You should see a dentist every six months for regular cleanings. If you are due—or overdue—for a dental cleaning in Rockland County, please call (845) 627-7645 or email B & D Dental Excellence in West Nyack today.
How Regular Teeth Cleanings Protect Your Oral Health
Regular teeth cleanings are an important support to your at-home daily hygiene routine. No-one can do more for your oral health than you, but even the best oral hygiene tends to leave a little bit of dental plaque behind. Your saliva is full of minerals that help restore the strength and beauty of your enamel, but unfortunately that mineral content also penetrates dental plaque, basically fossilizing it. This is what we call tartar or dental calculus—hard deposits on your teeth that not only look unattractive, but provide shelter to bacteria in your mouth, giving them a great place where their population can grow and increase attacks on your teeth and gums.
We remove these deposits at your regular cleanings, which will:
- Reduce risk of gum disease
- Reduce risk of cavities
- Make your smile more attractive
- Warn us about problems in your oral hygiene
Once we identify how quickly calculus is building up in your mouth, we can tell whether you are doing a good job cleaning your teeth. We can talk to you about where the calculus is building up and whether it can be improved. If you are having trouble cleaning around crooked teeth, we might recommend Invisalign or another orthodontic option to improve not just the attractiveness, but the health of your smile. We might also recommend sealants to help protect your molars.
We will also check your teeth to make sure there are no cavities developing, and if there are, stop them before they become too large, causing tooth sensitivity or possibly needing a root canal.
How Regular Teeth Cleanings Protect Your Overall Health
One thing we’re discovering is that your oral health is an essential cornerstone of your overall health. Oral bacteria are harmful in your mouth, but even more harmful if they build up to levels that allow them to attack your body elsewhere.
Gum disease has been linked to many health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pregnancy complications
In most cases, gum disease has been shown to either cause these conditions or make them worse. Keeping your gum disease under control can help you live longer and will reduce your overall health costs.
Preventive Dentistry Is the Best Dentistry
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, they say, and this is even truer when it comes to your teeth. In fact, an ounce of prevention is worth an infinite amount of cure, because there’s no way that we can fully replace lost or damaged teeth. To protect your teeth, there’s no time like the present for a visit to your dentist.