Why Are Cleanings Important?
Maintaining regular visits to your dentist twice a year or at least every six months gives you a chance to get a professional cleaning and a thorough examination. A professional cleaning is an important part the preventative dental care that can keep your mouth healthy. A cleaning removes buildup of harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums that you may miss during your daily routine. Even with an excellent oral hygiene routine at home, there are things that can be missed. Your dentist or hygienist can reach places that you may not be able to and give you advice if they spot any problem areas. If there are any signs of gum disease in your mouth, you may get a recommendation for a deep periodontal cleaning.
Built up Bacteria Is Harmful
A dental cleaning allows for your dentist or hygienist to identify any potential problems early, and suggest ways to treat, prevent, or reverse them. The earlier a problem is identified, the easier the solution will be. At home, you should be brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day. If you have crooked teeth, they can create overlapping areas where bacteria can hide. Hiding bacteria may be missed during your routine. If you have straight teeth, you may still be missing areas on the inside ridge of your teeth or in the back of your mouth. A professional cleaning allows for any of these missed spots to be addressed, and any built-up bacteria, plaque, and tartar to be removed.
Deep Periodontal Cleanings
If your dentist or hygienist notices any indication of gum disease, you may get a recommendation for a deep periodontal cleaning. A periodontal cleaning is also known as scaling and root planing or a deep cleaning; it involves removing any harmful bacteria, plaque, or tartar from beneath the gum line and along the gum tissue. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gum tissue caused by the dangerous build-up forming around and under the gums. If not treated early with a deep cleaning, gingivitis can progress into advanced forms of gum disease.