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Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?

December 22, 2017

You should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and an exam. Visiting your dentist every six months is important to maintaining good oral health. A professional dental cleaning can remove buildup of harmful bacteria and plaque from your teeth and the gums. Even with a good oral hygiene routine at home, buildup can occur. Your dentist or hygienist can reach places in your mouth that you may not be able to, and they can also give you advice on how to reach problem areas. A deep periodontal cleaning could be recommended, if there are any signs of gum disease in your mouth.

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To Remove Bacteria

You should brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day to keep your mouth clear of bacteria. Crooked teeth can create overlapping areas where bacteria can hide that you may miss during your routine. The back of your mouth can be hard to reach on your own. A professional cleaning allows for all of these spots to be reached, and any built-up bacteria, plaque, and tartar to be removed. A dental cleaning also allows for your dentist or hygienist to identify any potential issues early. Tooth decay and gum disease are both diseases that will not get better on their own. The earlier a problem is identified, the easier it can be treated.

Periodontal Cleanings

If your dentist or hygienist notices any signs of gum disease, they may recommend a deep periodontal cleaning. Also known as scaling and root planing or a deep cleaning, a periodontal cleaning involves removing any harmful bacteria, plaque, or tartar from beneath the gum line and along the gum tissue. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums caused by the dangerous build-up forming around and under the gums, and can progress into something much more serious. Advanced periodontitis can endanger your teeth, gums, and bones.

Cleanings Are an Important Part of Oral Health

When was your last dental cleaning? To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.