Why Are Dental Cleanings Necessary?

Posted by UPTOWN SMILES Apr 17, 2023

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At Uptown Smiles, we recommend that patients receive professional teeth cleaning every six months. This will help us remove plaque and tartar buildup, as well as detect the presence of any cavities or gum disease. Professional cleanings will remove irritants from your teeth, which prevents decay from occurring. It will also stop the progression of gingivitis before it progresses to periodontitis.

Many patients believe that brushing their teeth is sufficient to remove harmful debris and bacteria from their teeth. However, there is a significant amount of bacteria that build up on your teeth on a daily basis. This bacteria is sticky and can cling to your gums. Brushing alone cannot remove the bacteria and prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth. This is why it is important to visit us at Uptown Smiles for a thorough cleaning twice a year. We will clean all areas of your mouth that may be hard to reach with a toothbrush. These areas include in-between the teeth and along your gum line. Additionally, we will also polish your teeth to remove any stains that may be present. This polishing will also smooth out the tooth enamel to prevent future staining.

Prevention of Gum Disease

As mentioned, gum disease is caused by oral bacteria that accumulate along the gum line and between the teeth. It’s also caused by poor oral hygiene. Oral bacteria can hide in the crevices of a tooth’s surface, and the plaque they produce will eventually harden into tartar. Once this occurs, it’s essential to see your dentist for a professional cleaning to avoid future complications. A professional cleaning will remove any buildup from your teeth before it can cause any damage to your gums or surrounding tissue. 

Prevention of Oral Cancer

Regular teeth cleanings are extremely beneficial for your oral health and your overall well-being! By preventing plaque buildup, you reduce the risk of oral cancer. When bacteria adhere to your teeth, it can produce a colorless, sticky substance called plaque. This plaque is acidic and irritates sensitive gum tissues. If left untreated, the tissue becomes red and inflamed. Eventually, this can result in the development of precancerous lesions or full-blown tumors. Routine checkups and professional cleanings can prevent these painful and often expensive conditions from occurring in the first place.

For more tips and comprehensive dental care, visit Uptown Smiles at 601 NW 23rd St Suite #200, Oklahoma City, OK 73103. Call us at (405) 702-7766 for appointments.

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