The surest way to prevent gingivitis and give yourself the best chances of having a gorgeous smile into your golden years is to get a regular teeth cleaning.
Preventing cavities and retaining your natural adult teeth are the main reasons that people check in with their sedation dentists for dental cleanings, yet it's not the only reason. Teeth cleaning also known as a dental prophylaxis can work to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), chronic bad breath (halitosis) and noticeable improve your smile many shades of white.
Reasons Patients Love To Have Their Teeth Cleaned
So far we've covered the practical and cosmetic reasons that patients love having their teeth professionally cleaned, and that's only scratching the surface (pardon the pun!).
- Reason #1: Cleaning improves your overall health
The Mayo Clinic has found that gum disease might be tied into poor cardiovascular health. And that's not all - the Mayo Clinic has also recently reported that the harmful oral bacteria and inflammation causing periodontitis (i.e., inflammation of the tissue surrounding your teeth, which can result in gum shrinkage and loose teeth) could also exacerbate serious conditions like diabetes.
There are also preliminary reports that gum disease and periodontal bone loss could be tied into a bone condition known as osteoporosis, a condition in which your bones slowly deteriorate. On the flip side, since good oral health is often associated with better health outcomes, getting your teeth cleaned and removing dental plaque may reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Talk about a win-win.
- Reason #2: Get a beautiful smile…at any age
Whether you're the parent of a child who's never before visited the dentist or an adult who's been to the dentist dozens of times in the past, having your teeth cleaned can significantly brighten your teeth and improve your gum health, thus improving the underlying integrity of your teeth.
In conjunction with daily brushing and flossing, regular cleanings are the most effective means of forestalling tooth decay and gingivitis.
Over a quarter of the adult population suffers from untreated tooth decay, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) analysis, so getting into the dentist for a cleaning and checkup is more crucial than ever.
A routine dental prophylaxis might even clue the dentist into underlying tooth decay, bone loss or multiple missing teeth that might benefit from a bridge or dentures. The end result is a beautiful smile at any age.
- Reason #3: Cutting-edge laser teeth whitening available
A great smile starts with healthy teeth with plenty of enamel and inflammation-free pulp underlying the tooth. For some people, though, the smile they're after doesn't end there. These patients might be candidates for a cutting-edge version of teeth whitening.
So, what is laser teeth whitening? For starters, teeth whitening, in general, seeks to improve the natural luminosity of teeth that may have been compromised due to lifestyle habits (e.g., drinking coffee or smoking cigarettes) or simply aging. The discoloration might be so bad that patients even feel their self-esteem taking a hit.
The good news is that laser teeth whitening can be conveniently fitted into the same appointment as a teeth cleaning. That's because laser teeth whitening procedures can normally be completed in under an hour, and more procedures can be done in one dental visit with the help of sedation dentistry.
The American Dental Association also recently spoke to the efficacy of combining laser teeth whitening with hydrogen peroxide whitening agents.
- Reason #4: Teeth cleanings ensure early detection
At no extra cost patients can get early detection for gum disease, bone disease and even oral cancer, which is rising in the US, by getting their teeth professionally cleaned.
Many dental problems only get worse as they're ignored and some problems snowball into others. For instance, untreated gum disease can affect the health of your teeth and result in widespread tooth loss. Having said that, a dental cleaning can keep you on track.
- Reason #5: Cleanings are bad breath's worst enemy!
Chronic bad breath (halitosis) is a persistent problem for millions of Americans. Bad breath can actually be caused by food particles getting wedged in between your teeth and rotting. Dental infection and gingivitis might also worsen bad breath - fortunately all of these conditions are improved by regular teeth cleanings…are you overdue for a cleaning?