Every day, as you eat and drink, plaque and bacteria are building up inside of your mouth. As food gets stuck between teeth and begins to break down, it eats away at the enamel of your teeth, leading to cavities. The same thing happens when you drink soda, as the carbonic acid from the soda starts to erode enamel. This erosion of enamel leads to cavities, and nobody wants a cavity!

While regular brushing, flossing and mouth-washing can help, regular dental cleanings are still necessary to get anything that your normal tooth care routine has missed, and to make sure that any cavities you might have are treated before they become too severe!

Having your teeth cleaned is a quick, and painless appointment that benefits both your smile and the health of your teeth. The removal of bacteria on your teeth and gum line helps prevent bone loss, cavities, gingivitis, oral cancer, and gum disease. It can also help prevent bad breath and discoloration of teeth.

One of the benefits of regular cleanings is that it helps to find and prevent gum disease. Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Recession of the gums
  • Teeth that look elongated due to bone loss
  • Triangular spaces between teeth that appear larger

Your gums serve to protect and anchor your teeth, and gum disease can make your teeth more susceptible to cavities and other problems. On top of that, cavities left untreated can lead to more severe problems, and if left untreated long enough may require a root canal.

A dental checkup and cleaning is recommended every six months, twice per year, and most dental insurance providers cover those visits 100%. To schedule your next cleaning and checkup, simply contact us today!