Visiting your dentist for some regular cleaning should be a part of your oral routine. No matter how regularly you brush and floss, it will never be enough to fully clean our mouths. I learned this because though I religiously stick to my cleaning habits, my dentist still finds quite a lot of build-up after half a year. This is why my dentist knows to schedule me every 6 months for my next appointment.
But how often do you need to see a dentist for teeth cleaning? It seems there is no one answer for everyone. Once every half a year is what most people know, but it really depends on your oral health, habits, and history. According to my dentist’s website, mydentalgroup.com.au, the best way to find out is to ask your dentist. Only he/she will be able to recommend a timeline because no one else knows your teeth like they do.
Is it really necessary to go for teeth cleaning?
Basically, they are necessary because of 2 basic reasons. First, although your teeth may seem isolated from the rest of your body, bacteria in your mouth can lead to worse conditions. Going for that periodic cleaning works to prevent disease in the rest of your body like heart disease and dementia. Otherwise, plaque and tartar that builds up in your mouth. Tartar activates your immune system as if you have an infection. When you do not remove them, gum disease develops. Your gums bleed and start to get inflamed. When this worsens, bone and tissue get affected. After a long time, your immune system will become weaker and you become more susceptible to other serious diseases.
Second, taking care of your one permanent set of teeth can only be achieved by keeping it clean and protected from tooth decay and cavities. Not only would you then manage to avoid losing them, but you also save yourself from spending money on extracting decayed ones and replacing them with artificial teeth. Your mouth is such a unique part of your body, that it is daily being exposed to food particles. This makes it all the more necessary to clear it regularly and properly.
What happens during your appointment?
Your dentist will first do an examination of your mouth, checking for any problems like inflamed gums. He/she might end up recommend areas that you are not taking good care of, so that you know to focus on this area when brushing or flossing.
Step 2 would be to remove plaque and tartar. Using a scaler, the hygienist will remove plaque and tartar in your gum line and between the teeth. Areas with more build-up will take some more time to get rid of them.
Your dentist will do a professional brushing and flossing afterward, to clear your teeth of plaque that might harden into tartar eventually. They will use a high-powered electric brush that can deliver a deeper clean and remove whatever is still left over from the scaler. They will use a special toothpaste that is safe for use twice a year at your dental office.
Let’s face it, most people are very lazy to floss or are not doing it properly, so going for a professional one can really clear anything that is hiding deep between your teeth. It will also take care of plaque or toothpaste from the previous steps.
Rinsing your mouth is the next step, getting rid of any debris that might be left behind. Your dentist might use something with liquid fluoride.
A fluoride treatment comes next, providing a certain layer of additional protection until your next professional cleaning. This will fight cavities for a few months. It comes in the form of a gel or a paste that is applied onto a mouthpiece that you will then leave on your teeth for a minute.
Once your teeth have been cleaned, it also makes it easier for your dentist to really see if there are any damages or decay that might need to be repaired. If needed, an x-ray might be done to see the extent of problems.
A pocket reading can also be done by your dentist. Lack of proper oral hygiene will make your pockets deeper and your gums start to get inflamed. This happens when enzymes produced by the body eat away the ligaments that hold your gums and tooth together.
Since the first step of digestion takes place in the oral cavity, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene. The basics of teeth cleaning up to regular dental check ups are vital in order to achieve excellent oral health. Doing these eliminates tooth and gum problems in the future. Keeping your teeth and gums free from disease and cavities is truly important. Your dentist is your partner in making this happen, by making up for inadequate tooth brushing and flossing techniques.