Prevention is the key to achieving optimum oral health. Douglasville Dental Associates is here to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. We are here to perform professional dental cleanings you need and we can make your checkups worth it, to help you prevent oral health problems.
What happens during a dental checkup?
- The check-up – During the checkup, the dentist will be checking for cavities to see if there are tartar and plaque on your teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and become tartar and tartar cannot just be removed by brushing and flossing. It can only be removed by professional dental cleaning. If these are left on the teeth, they can cause tooth decay and gum diseases.
Your gums will also be checked, and the spaces will be measured. The spaces should be shallow with healthy gums. When people have gum disease, the spaces may be deeper. The checkup also includes the tongue, face, neck and head to identify signs of trouble, swelling or cancer.
- Dental cleaning – is an essential part of your oral hygiene that will help you keep a healthy mouth. A deep dental cleaning is a procedure that your dentist can perform to avoid cavities, gingivitis, gum and periodontal diseases.
Teeth cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, is the process of removing tartar that develops even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in the areas of your mouth that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. This is often performed by a dental hygienist. If there is too much accumulation or tartar and plaque, the dentist will have to do deep dental cleaning.
Deep dental cleaning involves scaling and root planning. Scaling is the removal of the plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and from the pocket are between the teeth and gums. This procedure is performed either using electric or ultrasonic instruments or manual scaling tools.
Planing on the other hand is the process by which your dentist smoothens the rough surfaces of the teeth because these are the areas where bacteria grow fast.
The final step is flossing, which is done to make sure that the areas between your teeth are clean.
What benefits can you get from dental cleaning?
- Prevents cavities – The plaque or the whitish film that builds up on your teeth is the leading cause of tooth decay. This is the one that eats away the tooth enamel if it is not removed and therefore causes cavities. Plaque can be removed by dental cleaning in instances when brushing and flossing cannot get rid of it.
- Stops tooth loss – dental cleaning can help prevent tooth loss because it prevents gum disease which is the primary reason for tooth loss. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. The chance of this happening can be reduced through your regular dental cleanings.
- Brightens your smile – A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains from drinking wine, coffee and soda as well as from smoking tobacco. Dental cleaning can help you get polished, brighter teeth.
- Freshens your breath – Getting a dental cleaning, on top of brushing and flossing, can help you keep your mouth healthy and fresh and odor free.
- Boosts your overall health – Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.
- Helps you save money – If you diligently follow your schedule on your regular dental visits, it will help you save a great deal of money which you could be spending on unnecessary dental treatments and procedures if you do not take good care of your mouth. Twice a year trip to your dentist will definitely not take so much of your time so you should not be waiting until it is too late.
Oral health care does not stop in the four corners of the dental office. This is something that should be diligently done every single day at home. Proper brushing and flossing are vital to make sure oral health is maintained. Your oral health depends not just on your dentist’s capacity to help you but also on your diligence on your healthy habits. You also have to watch out for your diet as this is also something that makes a huge impact not just on your oral health but also on your overall health.