The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings
Our teeth and gums are border guards, greeting, processing and then allowing entry to everything that comes into our mouths. They do sentry duty 24/7, without days off or overtime pay and show total loyalty to us as their hosts. Unfortunately these guardians of our general health come under constant attack… and sometimes they pay a large price resulting in an inevitable trip to your local dentist in Vancouver, BC.
We all know oral hygiene is important, but, unfortunately we don’t always realize how important it is, or how our best efforts to maintain that health are just not good enough.
Our best efforts aren’t always enough
Often, even when we have introduced a comprehensive oral hygiene program to keep our mouths and every in them as clean as possible, bacteria and infection still break in and threaten our teeth with decay, our gums with infection and our general health with disease.
That’s where regular dental cleanings come in. The dentist’s professional cleaning is about a good deal more than improving your smile, though it does do that job. Professional cleaning removes stains caused by some medications, drinks like wine, coffee and tea, or by smoking cigarettes.
However, while a beautiful smile is a great reward for remembering to schedule a dental cleaning, keeping that appointment with your dental professional is primarily about making sure that smile is not only beautiful, but also healthy. While doing the cleaning the dentist has a good opportunity to study your teeth, gums and mouth for any signs of serious diseases like oral cancer or other problems.
Protecting your gums
Your trusted Vancouver dentist has the right tools and the expertise to really clean your teeth, removing tartar and every last bit of the bacteria-laden plaque build-up which leads to tooth decay and gum irritation, inflammation or periodontal disease.
Gum disease has been linked to strokes and heart attacks, and it appears regular teeth cleaning could lessen you risk with regard to both. It is also sometimes linked to halitosis, embarrassingly smelly bad breath.
Should the gum disease progress too far, it also proves a threat to your teeth in general. As the plaque moves further into the roots of the teeth even the bone which supports the teeth and gums can fall victim to the bacteria and the teeth can become loose and fall out.
How often should you go for dental cleanings?
Cleanings are sometimes combined with regular dental check-ups, and both are supposed to be done at least every six months. This should be sufficient if you are totally healthy, but if you have had periodontal disease recently it is recommended that you go more often. Your dentist will probably recommend cleanings 3 or 4 times a year to be sure you are not in danger of the gum disease returning.
Between regular cleanings, do your best to up your game in the oral hygiene department. Make sure you devote two minute sessions to cleaning your teeth properly and floss at one of those sessions.
Also look to rinsing your mouth after eating or drinking sugary things, and where possible try and cut sugar out of your diet as much as possible.