The American Dental Association recommends that children and adults receive regular dental cleanings. The reality is that those cleanings provide both short-term and long-term dental health benefits.
The expert team at The Masters Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas, has created this guide to highlight how getting routine professional cleanings sets you up for great dental health.
A dental cleaning is more than just a quick polish and floss. During your appointment, you can expect to receive:
The visual exam, in conjunction with dental X-rays, can help the providers at The Masters Dental Group spot small issues before they snowball into a larger issue. For example, treating a small cavity can help prevent unwanted complications associated with an untreated, large cavity.
In other words, professional teeth cleanings provide an opportunity to prevent some dental conditions by removing decay-causing debris as well as to detect any oral health issues as soon as possible. In this way, teeth cleanings truly are the gateway to great dental health.
With routine cleanings, we can:
Tooth decay develops when acid-producing bacteria damage the enamel of your teeth. Because small cavities may not produce any symptoms, you might not even know you have one. Cavities, the second-most prevalent disease in humans (after the common cold), can cause pain and infections if left untreated. Your professional teeth cleaning can help prevent cavities by:
Dental X-rays, which may be taken during your exam, can detect small cavities between teeth, even cavities that the naked eye can’t see easily. Early detection — and the resulting filling — helps you avoid the more serious complications of tooth decay.
Tip: You don’t need to wait until your dental cleaning to let us know if you think you have a cavity. If your tooth hurts, give us a call!
Gingivitis is the earliest and most mild form of gum disease. Sometimes plaque buildup around your gums can irritate them. Removing the plaque from around your gums helps prevent gingivitis from progressing into a more advanced form of gum disease.
During your routine cleaning and exam, we can spot the signs of gingivitis — such as bleeding or red, inflamed gums — and help stop gum disease in its tracks.
Did you know that routine cleanings can help stop bad breath? Your food choices can affect your breath, but so can your dental health. Tooth decay, oral infections, gum disease, dry mouth, and plaque contribute to halitosis. Your regular cleaning can help prevent these conditions, which then helps reduce bad breath.
If you’re embarrassed about less-than-pleasant breath, we can pinpoint the source and suggest the appropriate treatment. Sugary mints only mask the issue, but the right treatment can help you feel more confident.
If a sip of hot tea or a bite of cold ice cream sends sharp pain through your tooth, you might have tooth sensitivity. Large cavities and exposed nerves contribute to sensitivity. Regular cleanings can prevent cavity-related sensitivity by detecting cavities before they grow large enough to affect your nerves.
During your teeth cleaning, you have an opportunity to ask questions and explore other dental services that support your dental health. For example, if a missing tooth is limiting your ability to chew comfortably, you might explore a dental bridge or a dental implant.
Your oral health plays a big role in your overall health, too. More and more research is highlighting the connection between your dental health and other conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. Untreated gum disease can exacerbate hypertension and affect the medications used to treat it, according to a 2018 article published in the journal Hypertension.
Are you ready for your next professional teeth cleaning? Call us at 210-349-4424 to book an appointment at The Masters Dental Group.