Although brushing and flossing your teeth daily will keep your mouth looking clean, there are still areas that can be hard to reach with a toothbrush. In addition, unseen particles of food can start to decay and form plaque, which can lead to tooth decay. To ensure your teeth remain healthy, you need to have them professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
How Often to Clean?
It is recommended that everyone, from a child to an elderly adult, have their teeth examined and professionally cleaned at least once a year. This will help reduce the occurrence of cavities, gum disease, abscesses, and help catch dental problems that you may not realize that you have. Usually, a dentist in Bayville, NJ will perform a prophylaxis cleaning for people with healthy mouths.
This type of cleaning is only for those will minimal amounts of gingivitis, which is a gum disease caused by plaque. Your dentist may need to scrape plaque from the surface of your teeth, so that the gingivitis doesn’t worsen, thus preventing periodontal disease. Scraping the surface of teeth usually doesn’t hurt, but they may provide a small amount of sedation to keep patients calm during the cleaning.
Cleaning with Periodontal Disease
If there are signs of periodontal disease, then the dentist may do a gross debridement cleaning or deep cleaning to help treat the disease. Untreated, this disease will not only cause tooth decay and loss, but it can also cause bone loss. However, a deep cleaning can prevent bone loss by using antibiotic gels on any teeth affected by periodontal disease.
If you need to have your teeth cleaned, contact us to make an appointment with a dentist for an examination and cleaning. Taking care of your teeth not only maintains a healthy smile, but it allows you to eat nutritious foods and keep your entire body healthy.
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