The Importance of Having Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

The Importance of Having Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

The American Dental Association recommends that children and adults receive regular dental check-ups to maintain good oral health. Our expert team here at The Masters Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas, has put together this guide with the top reasons why it’s so important to get regular professional teeth cleanings.

Professional cleanings include comprehensive exams

Although often referred to as a “cleaning,” your routine dental appointment is so much more. It’s a comprehensive oral health check that includes:

Professional cleanings play a big role in treating and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is the culprit behind cavities, bad breath, and periodontal disease. By removing plaque and tartar, we reduce your risk of developing these unpleasant problems. 

Fluoride also has a part in preventing tooth decay because this mineral helps make your enamel more resistant to decay-causing acids. Even if you use toothpaste with fluoride, a fluoride treatment can further enhance your enamel.

Early detection or oral problems means we can start treating issues while they’re still small. Spotting gingivitis — the earliest form of gum disease — can mean avoiding the complications of advanced periodontitis. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss, but gingivitis is easy to treat and reverse.

Your dental cleaning and exam isn’t just useful for detecting untreated problems; it also allows us to spot issues with previous treatments. For example, if you have a cracked filling — which can create openings for bacteria to enter, leading to infection — we can fix it. 

Professional cleanings support your overall health, too

It’s easy to think that dental cleanings only affect your oral health, but the reality is that your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Studies show that bacteria from your mouth can contribute to other diseases and conditions, including endocarditis, heart disease, pregnancy complications (in the case of gum disease), and even pneumonia.

Professional cleanings open the door to other treatments

There’s no denying the health benefits of receiving routine cleanings, but they also provide the opportunity for other important dental conversations, including cosmetic or orthodontic treatments that may benefit you. For example, you may use the time during your appointment to ask questions about other services you’ve been considering, such as veneers.

Professional cleanings complement your at-home routine 

Dental exams and cleanings aren’t the only way to support your oral health. Your at-home routine is just as important. When you come in for a professional cleaning, we can review your oral care routine and make suggestions for improvements if necessary. A solid oral care regimen should include:

Are you overdue for a dental exam and professional cleaning? Get back on track and schedule a visit with The Masters Dental Group by calling our office at 210-349-4424.

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