A standard part of many dental checkups, teeth cleaning is more than just a way to freshen up your smile. It’s an integral part of your overall health and wellness. The dentists and hygienists at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, use teeth cleaning to prevent tooth loss and complications from other health conditions you may have. Call or click today to book your appointment.
While many people think of dental health and physical health as separate, likely because having both a dentist and a doctor is normal, your wellness is a singular issue comprised of many systems and factors throughout your body. Your dentist provides specialized care that affects your overall well-being.
While regular dental cleanings help prevent tooth decay and loss, cleanings are also important for the health of your gums and other parts of your body. Your mouth is a conduit into your body. The buildup of plaque is a natural process, even with regular brushing and flossing, but plaque comes from byproducts of foods; it’s not a natural substance produced by the body.
Because plaque is a foreign invader, your body’s immune system reacts to its presence, and this is what causes the redness and bleeding associated with gum disease. Because the creation of plaque is ongoing, every now and then you need additional cleaning so your body stays ahead of the battle against plaque.
As well as mouth issues such as gingivitis and gum disease, teeth cleaning prevents chronic activation of your immune system. This reduces your risk of dementia, heart disease, and stroke.
When you brush and floss at home, you’re removing plaque before it hardens because once it has, only scraping with a tool called a scaler can detach plaque from the enamel of your teeth. The scaling process takes up most of the time during the teeth cleaning procedure, depending on how much plaque you have.
This is typically followed by a polishing process that uses a gritty toothpaste. This gets rid of any plaque or tartar on the surface of your teeth and scrubs the surface of the enamel with a gentle abrasive. This polishing is safe when done once or twice a year.
Your Smile Loft Branch Ave. caregiver may finish with a professional flossing. This is useful because they have a view of your teeth that no mirror can give you, and they’re trained to identify potential problem spots.