So you clean your teeth twice a day and floss daily. You’ve invested in a quality toothbrush and you even spit after brushing but don’t then rinse (a great habit to have by the way!). Why then would you need to visit the dentist for professional teeth cleaning? Here are 6 key reasons why you really should.
Addressing the inevitable
No matter how well you brush, floss and rinse at home, there is almost certain to be some type of plaque build-up. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to stay on top of your teeth 24/7. The trouble is that once plaque hardens it turns into tartar. This can only be removed using professional cleaning tools and techniques. If plaque and therefore tartar is allowed to continue to develop, it can weaken the gums leaving your teeth susceptible to a whole host of other conditions.
It reaches places you can’t
To put it simply, professional teeth cleaning reaches the places that you simply can’t. When brushing at home you might be confident that the front of your teeth are as plaque-free as they can be, but what about the back? These areas usually require more attention because they are closer to your saliva glands and therefore are more likely to get a build-up of plaque. A professional dental clean can ensure that those difficult-to-reach areas are as plaque and tartar free as your front teeth, giving you complete peace-of-mind.
It doesn’t hurt one bit
Much of professional teeth cleaning is done using the latest technologies and techniques. An airflow device, for example, utilises a combination of water and fine powder to blast surface stains and takes the place of the old-fashioned scraper. In addition, for those with sensitive teeth, or for those who haven’t undergone a professional clean in a while, most dentists will also provide gentle numbing agents should you request them. The result is a pain-free process that is quick and easy.
Professional teeth cleaning is a real confidence booster
Just like professional teeth whitening, the immediate effects of undergoing pro dental cleaning can be extremely noticeable. Not only will you have teeth that feel cleaner, but you’ll also have a smile that appears brighter. Removing 6 month’s worth of surface staining caused by tea, coffee, and red wine is normally achievable in just one appointment and is recommended before you move onto other cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening.
It prevents gum disease
Well, not single-handedly, but along with regular check-ups and early intervention, professional teeth cleaning can prevent the onset of extensive gum problems like gingivitis and periodontitis. Given that gum disease has been linked with more serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and potentially cancer, a little time invested now, is an insurance policy which helps you to remain healthy both now and in the future.
Professional teeth cleaning offers the chance to spot other problems
During a cleaning appointment, your dentist or hygienist will also be looking for other problematic signs. These are signs that could lead to other (more costly) problems if left untreated. Potential problems like oral lesions, gum shrinkage, or cavities may otherwise go unnoticed when brushing at home.
During the clean, a basic periodontal examination (BPE) is carried out to monitor the possibility or extent of gum disease. Any problems can then be addressed fast, ensuring that healthy gums are maintained.
Here at 44 Dental Care, we pride ourselves on thorough dentistry carried out in a gentle and compassionate manner. Why not book an appointment with our hygienist and see for yourself. Call us on 0116 251 9647 today.