The American Dental Association highly recommends that all patients, regardless of age, see their dentist, for both examinations and cleanings, at least twice a year. When patients, across all age groups, have cleanings done on a regular basis, they can maintain a higher level of oral cavity health than those who do not.
When patients pair their professional cleanings and examinations with daily brushing and flossing at home, they have given their mouths the best defense against possible decay and disease. It is vital to maintain a high degree of oral health, because of its effect on the body’s general health. Many patients fail to understand how important taking care of their teeth is with regard to their body’s overall level of health. When an infection attacks the oral cavity, it can easily spread through the bloodstream, leading to health conditions such as stroke, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.
Any patient who would like to find out more about dental examinations and cleanings should come to our office located at Artistic Dental. Come see us today.
How Important Are Cleanings?
By flossing and brushing twice a day, patients actively keep the dangerous bacteria, which live in the oral cavity, at safe levels. These also help to remove bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay and keep periodontal disease at bay. When professional cleanings and examinations are added to the mix, they offer a deep cleanse of the oral cavity, by getting to areas flossing and brushing alone cannot.
Professional cleanings not only remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the areas of the gums and teeth which are visible, but also areas below the gumline. Using tooth polish during the cleaning helps to remove enamel stains and brightens the patient’s smile. Simply by coming in twice a year for a cleaning, patients drastically lower their chances of getting periodontal disease.
Part of the cleaning procedure is checking the patient’s teeth for changes in their oral pathology. Any ulcers, sores, tissue anomalies, or abscesses are noted to identify any abnormal tissue growths which might indicate the patient has oral cancer or other serious illnesses or diseases.
What Does a Cleaning Involve?
A professional cleaning typically takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Our staff maintains and updates the patient’s records after each visit to properly track changes in their oral cavity pathology. We use scalers to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar. The scaler is able to do this both above and below the gum line. An abrasive toothpaste is used to remove any stains and to polish the tooth enamel. In order to evaluate the jawbone and tooth roots, x-rays are taken to detect any issues that need addressing.
One of the simplest things patients can do, to ensure the health of their teeth, is to come to our office for professional examinations and cleanings. They allow for early detection of any conditions which need treatment and help maintain the health of the oral cavity. For those patients interested in finding out more, please come see us at Artistic Dental.
Our office can also be reached by phone at (848) 222-3984.