Did you know that gum disease has been linked with cardiovascular diseases? A simple way to keep gum disease at bay is by looking after your teeth and gums through routine dental hygiene. Dental issues can lead to a number of serious conditions that are harder to treat, such as bone loss, strokes, cancers and more.
Professional dental check-ups can help identify potential problems before they occur. They will scrape off tough stains from your teeth that are ordinarily hard to remove by a toothbrush alone. They remove discolouration left by certain foods, prevent premature tooth loss, gum disease and help detect early signs of tooth damage, such as enamel wear, fractures, root canals and filling replacement.
Dental plans cover teeth cleanings, so it’s easier to spot and repair tooth damage in the initial stages than later when it gets worse. The costs are less when detected early and there is virtually no discomfort when healthy teeth are cleaned by professionals every six months.
What to Expect in Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleaning involves two sections: check-up and cleaning.
A dental visit involves a routine check-up, an X-ray for a thorough examination of the crevices and oral prophylaxis or cleaning. You will be checked for cavities, plaque build-up and tartar coating on your teeth. If plaque is not removed on time, it can harden into tartar, which is impossible to remove by brushing and flossing alone. Tartar can worsen into painful oral diseases. Scaling removes hard tartar from your teeth and prevents these diseases.
Your gums will be examined by a special tool. The space between the teeth and gums will be checked for infection or damage. If you have gum disease, the gap widens, allowing bacteria to find their way in more easily. Every nook and corner of your mouth will be checked up, including your tongue, throat, neck and head for any signs of inflammation or damage. A gritty paste is used to polish your teeth after they are scaled to remove surface stains. Finally, your dental professional will floss your teeth to ensure the gaps between them are clean and disease-free.
How to Prepare for a Dental Cleaning
In between your teeth cleaning appointments, you must take good care of your teeth to keep them in good condition. Brush and floss twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Use mouthwash to prevent plaque build-up and keep your breath fresh. Your dental professional will discuss your oral hygiene habits and suggest ways to correct them if you are not on track.
Anabella Dental, Kitchener
At Anabella Dental, we are a boutique-style dental clinic specializing in professional cosmetic dentistry services offering complex cosmetic, surgical and implant procedures as well as periodontics. Book an appointment to schedule regular dental cleaning to fix any dental issue, for good health or cosmetic reasons.