Professional Dental Cleaning Helps Keep Your Smile Healthy and Beautiful
When it comes to oral health, a good offense is the best defense. This is why we recommend a thorough, professional dental cleaning at our Brooklyn Heights, NY, dental office every six months. Along with daily brushing and flossing, routine professional cleanings are essential to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. To learn more, or to schedule a cleaning, please contact our friendly staff today.
The Importance of Regular Checkups
The importance of regular dental cleanings cannot be overstated. While brushing and flossing at home is very important, regular checkups give your dentist the opportunity to clean hard-to-reach areas of your smile that you may have missed. It also allows your dentist to detect oral health issues that may not be apparent to the untrained eye. During your appointment, we can identify issues like tooth decay and gum disease in their earliest stages, when they are most treatable. Research has shown that gum disease can increase your risk of developing other, more serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. Another reason regular visits are so critical is that many dental health conditions often begin painlessly and only become apparent when significant damage has already occurred.
Why Preventative Dentistry Works
Proper at-home care and professional cleanings are essential for keeping both your teeth and gums healthy. These preventative habits reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, which lowers your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria is constantly collecting on your teeth, resulting in a sticky film called plaque. By brushing your teeth, you can remove plaque from the visible surfaces of your teeth, and also from your cheeks, tongue, and the roof of your mouth. However, your toothbrush is not able to reach the bacteria between your teeth, which is why flossing is equally essential. When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar, which can lead to gum disease. Tartar can only be removed with professional dental cleaning. You should at least brush twice and floss once every day to prevent the development of tartar.
What to Expect
Using special tools, our skilled hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Plaque and tartar will be cleaned away, and if necessary, we can provide a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing. This periodontal procedure removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line in order to prevent or stop the progression of gum disease. Your hygienist will also polish the surfaces of your teeth, making it more difficult for plaque to attach to the tooth surfaces. Typically, we will take x-rays during every other visit to detect issues such as cavities. Your regular visit is also a chance for your dentist and hygienist to teach strategies for better at-home care. For example, we can help you refine your flossing technique based on our observations. Small changes like these can make a big difference in the long run.
Make an Appointment
Regular cleanings help keep your smile healthy, so you can look and feel your best. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact Brooklyn Heights Dental today.