Dental cleaning isn’t just something that dentists do for the sake of it: they’re popular among patients too. And for good reasons! Dental cleaning works. Here some of the reasons that patients come to us for routine cleaning.
As we go through life, our teeth accumulate stains and plaque. Even the most conscientious of brushers and flossers don’t get rid of all of the bacteria or food particles that enter their mouths. It’s just not possible.
The problem, of course, is that by drinking tea, wine and coffee, and eating foods with intense coloration, teeth slowly lose their whiteness. You could be eating a perfectly healthy diet full of vegetables and devoid of sugar and still see yellowing or browning of your teeth.
Our patients love our dental cleaning because it enables them to lift stains and plaque from their teeth that ordinary brushing alone can’t. Our professional dentists have special cleaning tools that powerfully remove stains, giving you a whiter, brighter smile. Plus, with a dental cleaning, you remove potentially harmful bacteria from difficult-to-reach parts of the mouth.
Nobody wants to go through life with bad breath, or halitosis. It can damage your confidence and make you want to withdraw.
Bad breath is the result of a buildup of the wrong kind of bacteria in the mouth. The microorganisms that cause bad breath become established in places where regular brushing can’t reach, such as the gaps between the teeth and between the teeth and gums. While bad breath often goes away of its own accord, it can sometimes persist.
Our patients love our dental cleaning service because it helps them keep their breath fresh. No matter what your walk of life, fresh breath helps. It gives you confidence, and it helps you feel comfortable around others.
What goes on in your mouth isn’t separated from the rest of the body. Bad breath is an indication that there an imbalance of bacteria in the mouth and that regular brushing isn’t removing them. These microorganisms can sometimes cause inflammation of the gums, leading to systemic effects across your body. The higher level of inflammation in your mouth can lead to higher levels of dangerous inflammatory markers in the blood that contribute to heart disease.
Regular dental cleanings, therefore, can have profoundly positive effects on the rest of your health. Our patients love them because they help them to improve their overall wellbeing and defend against chronic conditions.
Improper teeth cleaning is a leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease develops around the tooth, gets down to the root, and rots the tooth. Teeth can become loose, and bacteria can do damage to the pockets that house them.
Our patients love regular, professional dental cleaning because it cuts the risk of tooth loss. Dental cleaning kills the bacteria that cause gum disease, helping to keep them healthy and strong. What’s more, it targets the areas most prone to infiltration by bacteria, preventing them from ever getting down to the roots and putting teeth at risk.
Bacteria create plaque as a byproduct of their metabolism. Plaque, unfortunately, is a leading cause of cavities – holes in the enamel that surrounds the core of the tooth. The consequences of cavities are unpleasant. You’re much more likely to have a toothache, bad breath, and worsening oral health more generally.
Patients love coming to us for our dental cleaning because they can cut their risk of cavities. A dental cleaning removes the thin film of plaque on the teeth, stopping it from eating into tooth enamel and destroying teeth.
Most dental professionals recommend that you get your teeth cleaned around once every six months. While this is conventional wisdom, it’s actually just a rule of thumb. Nothing is stopping you from coming to us more frequently than this to have work done.
The evidence is that some patients probably should go more often. Certain lifestyle factors can influence the chance of developing cavities and other oral health issues, suggesting that more frequent dental cleaning might be beneficial.
Here are some of the circumstances in which you might want to consider more regular dental cleaning appointments:
The evidence suggests that going to the dentist regularly for professional fluoride treatment reduces the risk of cavities by around 30 percent. Having your teeth regularly cleaned, therefore, is vital for maintaining your health and ensuring that you protect yourself if you’re at risk.
We use more than brushes and floss to clean your teeth during a professional cleaning. We use a range of tools, some of which you might not be familiar with.
Mirrors are a vital tool for dental cleaning. Dentists and hygienists use them to examine teeth and gums, especially at the back of the mouth. Mirrors are essential for examining whether cleaning has the desired effect.
Scalers are tools that dentists use to scrape plaque and tartar from the surface of teeth physically. They look a bit like large toothpicks.
Polishers are mechanical tools that use rubber cups to polish the teeth and make them shiny after removing the plaque.
Finally, we use special mouthwash to help remove any material that you don’t want in your mouth, leaving it fresh and bright
At Chappaqua Dentistry, we offer our patients in and around Westchester professional dental cleanings. Simply schedule an appointment and our team be happy to help you protect your smile!