Advertising for oral care items makes it look as if all you need for a clean, healthy mouth is a good toothpaste. This, unfortunately, is not the case. While home oral care is good for cleaning teeth, it’s not enough to maintain a healthy mouth. Here are a few reasons why you should get regular teeth cleanings at the dentist’s office.
While brushing and flossing do a pretty good job of keeping teeth clean, you aren’t able to reach every tooth surface, especially behind teeth and the back teeth. The spots of plaque that are left behind harden into tartar, which causes an infection called gingivitis that can damage the gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth. Tartar can only be removed at the dentist’s office.
Dental issues are tricky because though they can be fairly easy to treat in the early stages, it’s hard to detect them until they become more serious. By visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings, you not only get your teeth cleaned to help prevent any problems, but it gives your dentist a chance to examine the mouth for any developing issues. Cleaning is fairly inexpensive compared to receiving more complex dental treatments.
When tartar is allowed to build-up on the gums, this sends a red flag to the immune system, which begins to go to work fighting it. Unfortunately, this fight is not one it can win; the tartar only continues to attack the gums, which can lead to bleeding and inflammation. Tartar also erodes the enamel and can create small cavities. Cleaning the teeth of this harmful substance regularly is not just good for oral health, but lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, and other diseases.
Trips to the dentist are perfect times to make sure that you are caring for your teeth properly at home. Your dentist or hygienist can provide tips on how to brush and floss so that you can be sure you’re doing the best you can to keep your teeth healthy.