In the same way that preventive care is one of the most important elements of dentistry, a regular cleaning of the teeth is one of the most important elements of preventive dental care. Teeth cleaning is available from most general dentistry offices and is one of the services available from a Uptown Charlotte dentist.
Why is Dental Cleaning Important?
Teeth cleaning is needed to prevent the accumulation of tarter and plaque, the latter of which contains bacteria that can lead to other problems. Cleaning thus works in the following ways:
•Protection from tooth decay
•Protection from gum disease
•Protection from other diseases
The cleaning process is usually quick and easy, and can be performed in any general dentistry office. The dentist or dental hygienist will first remove large deposits of tarter and plaque by hand, using special instruments and without causing any harm to the teeth or gums. The teeth will then be polished and, possibly, treated with fluoride.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic technique that is supplemental to cleaning, but may be needed when teeth become stained or discolored. Whitening is achieved through the use of a special dental bleach that is applied directly to the teeth. Most dentists provide teeth whitening services.
Dental cleaning is virtually painless and can avoid conditions that are a genuine pain.
Untreated dental problems have been linked to such ailments as dementia and heart disease.
When is the Right Time for Cleaning Teeth?
A teeth cleaning every six months has for many decades been the accepted routine in dentistry. However, this time frame will vary upon the condition of a person’s teeth and gums and of one’s personal practices. Those who participate in a good dental hygiene program may be able to stretch their cleanings to a year or longer. On the other hand, those with serious oral problems may require cleaning on a monthly basis, at least until the underlying condition can be brought under control.
Even the best brushing and flossing practices will not prevent the accumulation of tarter and plaque, which is why periodic cleanings are still necessary. However, you should consult with your dentist to determine what schedule is best for you. A Uptown Charlotte dentist is available to keep your teeth clean and white. Contact our office to make an appointment.