Dental cleanings are an essential part of achieving a healthy smile. Even patients that take excellent care of their smile at home need to have their teeth professionally cleaned twice per year by our Stuart dentist. Professional cleanings not only remove plaque and tartar from your smile, they also help our team identify underlying oral health issues that you may not be aware of. Keep reading to learn why getting regular dental cleanings is a key factor of a healthy smile.
Remove Plaque & Tartar
Plaque and biofilm build up on the surface of teeth every day due to the foods we eat and the bacteria that naturally occur in the mouth. We remove most of this through the process of brushing and flossing, but we don’t always remove all of it. Plaque that remains on teeth hardens and turns into tartar. Tartar is dangerous for teeth because it leads to dental decay and gum disease, so it needs to be removed. This substance can only be removed through the process of scaling, which is performed by our Stuart dentist.
Scaling by our Stuart Dentist
Scaling is the process of scraping tartar from the surface of teeth. This can only be done by a professional using a scaler. Any attempt to remove tartar off of your teeth at home can actually scratch the enamel of your tooth and leave you more vulnerable to dental decay. Enamel can not be regenerated once it is lost, so it is important to protect using proper cleaning techniques. Damage to the enamel can lead to tooth sensitivity, dental decay, and cavities.
Protect Your Smile for Life
Getting dental cleanings every six months can help protect your smile in the long-term. Over time, dental decay and gum disease can lead to tooth loss and infection. By taking the steps to protect your smile you are ensuring that your smile stays healthy for life. Dental cleanings can greatly reduce your risk for developing more serious oral health issues. We can help detect any underlying health issues that may be showing signs in your smile. By visiting our Stuart dentist regularly, you are being proactive with your dental care and oral health.
Keep Your Smile White
Plaque and tartar contribute to tooth discoloration, so it is important to thoroughly remove it from your smile. Our teeth naturally become discolored due to different foods and drinks that we enjoy, but proper cleaning can help to reduce enamel stains. Thorough dental cleanings can help to lift some of the more built-up stains that toothbrushes may not be effective at cleaning.
Prevent Costly Dental Bills
Neglecting your oral health can lead to more serious necessary treatments in the future, which can get expensive. By being proactive with your dental care, you could potentially be saving thousands on future dental treatments. Things like root canal therapy, tooth extractions, and restorative dental treatments can be thousands of dollars and lots of visits to the dentist. By maintaining a healthy smile, you are investing in a bright and healthy future.