Prevention & Teeth Cleanings
Most people have heard that they should visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and dental examination. But they may not understand the importance both to their short-term and long-term oral health. Here’s a quick look at what this regular schedule of care can do for you.
Your mouth is warm and moist and continually provided with nutrients as you eat and drink. All these qualities mean that bacteria find your mouth a hospitable place to grow. When you brush your teeth, you are clearing out nutrients and bacteria that have already grown. In some out-of-the-way locations, however, bacteria is going to continue to grow despite your best efforts. And even in areas you can clean, some gradual accumulation of bacteria will still occur.
Semiannual Visits to the Dental Hygienist
When bacteria has remained on the teeth for a while, it begins to harden into a rough coating called plaque. During your cleaning, your hygienist will examine every corner of your mouth and scrape away plaque deposits. She will also polish all your tooth surfaces and remove stains as much as possible.
If these cleanings are not regularly carried out, bacteria will grow unrestrained, especially in hidden areas you can’t reach at home. Plaque deposits produce acids that cause cavities (also known as “caries”), destroying some tooth tissue. If decay is not treated in time, this destruction can reach the inner soft parts of the tooth, causing an infection. A root canal will be needed to preserve the tooth. While you’re in the office, this is an opportunity for x-rays if they are needed and a thorough dental exam. Any small problems can be spotted and slated for handling before they become big problems! Lifelong maintenance of a regular schedule of cleanings and exams make a very big difference in the health of your teeth and mouth.
Dental Cleaning and Exams in Columbia, Maryland
It’s our job to educate you on how to preserve your teeth and keep your mouth healthy. It’s a responsibility we enjoy every day. We want it to be natural and easy for you to care for your teeth. We strive to make every visit to Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland as pleasurable as possible because we know that when you actually enjoy a visit to your dentist, you’ll be back soon!
If you need your regular dental checkups and live in Columbia, Ellicott City or the surrounding area, call Smile Savers Dentistry or request an appointment
for a cleaning.