Tomorrow is Independence Day! Which means people will be celebrating our nation’s founding over the long weekend. But once the holiday ends, why not make time to see your Independence, MO, dentist? Routine care helps protect teeth from cavities and other oral health concerns. In today’s blog, we’re looking at why you should always find time for your six-month visits.
The Importance of a Dental Cleaning
Whether the holiday is the 4th of July or Christmas, you’re probably going to enjoy plenty of delicious, but unhealthy, food and drink options during your time off. When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches, this leaves behind particles for bacterial to break down. In the process of consuming these particles, bacteria create plaque buildup. This sticky layer coating your teeth eventually weakens tooth enamel and inflames the gum tissue, boosting the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. While brushing and flossing at home limits the amount of plaque that forms, only a dental cleaning can remove this buildup.
Having your teeth cleaned means we use an ultrasonic scaler and a manual tool to remove all buildup from your teeth. We then polish the tooth. When you leave, your teeth have a smooth finish, appear brighter, and you enjoy fresher breath. Not to mention a reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
We also have another type of dental cleaning. A scaling and root planing allow us to remove plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from the surface of the teeth and the roots. For serious buildup, such as cases in which a patient hasn’t seen the dentist in several years, this is crucial for avoiding gum disease or periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease linked to adult tooth loss. The procedure can take one visit to complete, or up to four, depending on the severity of your buildup. Again, you leave the office with a healthier, brighter smile!
Protecting Your Smile
Of course, having your teeth cleaned is just part of the process. As we touched on above, regular homecare helps strengthen your smile’s health and limits how much plaque can accumulate. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before going to bed. Try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks as well. If you have any questions about avoiding plaque buildup, cavities, or gum disease with a cleaning, then contact our team today.
Schedule Your Cleaning Visit
Preventive visits can help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles throughout the year. For more information on our general procedures then schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Blue Springs, Kansas City, and all surrounding communities.