Even if your brushing and flossing habits are impeccable, there are still good reasons to go to your dentist for regular cleanings. Here are six things a dental cleaning can do to help you maintain a bright and healthy smile.
Plaque, the whitish film that builds up on your teeth, is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Over time, plaque can harden into tartar, and tartar can't be removed with just brushing and flossing. Instead, removal requires a visit to the dentist who has specialized tools just for the task.
Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced with regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene habits. During a cleaning, your dentist can identify gum disease and take steps to treat it before it becomes a serious issue.
Last updated March 14, 2022
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