Why Do Our Teeth Need Cleanings?

We always recommend our Independence, MO, patients schedule and attend routine general hygiene appointments. But what makes dental cleanings and exams so vital for our oral health? In today’s blog, we’re looking at how these preventive visits help keep smiles health and bright.

The Dangers of Plaque Buildup

Over time, bacteria break down particles left behind by the foods and drinks we consume. In the process, a bacterial byproduct builds up on the teeth. Brushing and flossing cannot remove plaque. Without removal, the buildup inflames gum tissue, increasing the risk of gum disease. Plaque also weakens tooth enamel, leading to a higher chance of cavities forming. Only a dental cleaning can remove the buildup from your teeth.

The Cleaning Process

Every six months you should see us for a visit. When you have your teeth cleaned, we use either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove all plaque from the surface of the teeth. We then polish the teeth for a smoother feel and a brighter appearance. The entire procedure takes one visit and you leave with a healthier smile. The procedure also helps combat bad breath and remove teeth stains. If you have high risk factors for gum disease, we may suggest a visit every three to four months to help prevent the onset of periodontal problems.

Caring for Your Smile From Home

While brushing and flossing can’t remove plaque, they can help prevent major buildup from accumulating in between your routine dental cleanings. You should be brushing your teeth when you wake and again before going to bed, for two minutes each session. We also suggest flossing before going to bed as well. If you have any questions about general hygiene or if you’re ready to have your teeth cleaned, then contact our team today.

Ready to Schedule a Cleaning?

If you want to enjoy optimal oral health, then schedule a general hygiene appointment today. For more information, 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 Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.