The Benefits of a Professional Dental Cleaning

Your teeth need cleaning every day. Regular brushing and flossing protects you from tooth decay and gum disease. But it’s rarely 100% effective. Every time you brush and floss, you likely miss a small amount of dental plaque. When this combination of food, bacteria, and their protective coating stay on your teeth for long enough, it absorbs minerals from your saliva, becoming tartar. The minerals are in your saliva to protect your teeth, but tartar can be bad for your oral health.

Tartar is hard as a rock. Regular brushing and flossing can’t remove it. Tartar also provides protection for bacteria, letting them assemble on your teeth and gums where you can’t reach them. This lets them attack your teeth and gums.

When we remove tartar, we protect your teeth from bacteria. Plus, tartar is unsightly, and getting rid of it will help you have an attractive smile.

After we’ve gotten rid of tartar, we will polish your teeth. Polishing your teeth doesn’t just help them look clean and bright: it protects them. It’s harder for bacteria to hang on to smooth teeth, so polished teeth accumulate less plaque than rough teeth.

For most people, getting a professional cleaning twice a year is enough to control tartar, avoid cavities, and prevent gum disease. However, for some people more regular visits are necessary. If your teeth feel fuzzy and have discolored regions even after you brush, it’s time to see the dentist.

Your At-Home Hygiene Routine

To help take care of your teeth between professional cleanings, you should practice good home hygiene. This means that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day. One of those brushings and the flossing should be at night right before you go to bed. That’s because saliva production drops at night, letting bacteria run wild.

Studies show that flossing before you brush is slightly more effective than brushing first. However, it’s more important that you do it than the exact order. If you have trouble flossing effectively, try different tools. Many people find disposable flossers handy and helpful. Interdental brushes can also be more effective for some people. Water flossers are also easy to use and can clean your teeth well.

When you brush your teeth, use fluoride toothpaste twice a day, but not more. You should select a toothpaste that isn’t very abrasive. You can check out rankings of the least abrasive toothpaste with a simple search. If you don’t want that level of work, you can usually avoid the worst toothpaste if you don’t get anything that promises “whitening” or “tartar control.” In most cases, the benefit from these kinds of toothpaste is minimal, and they can lead to long-term damage to your teeth and gums.

If you brush more than twice a day, just don’t use toothpaste for the additional brushings.

Schedule a Dental Cleaning in Rochester Hills

If you are overdue for a dental cleaning or if your teeth feel fuzzy, it’s time to make an appointment. Please call (248) 651-0897 today for an appointment at Signature Dentistry of Rochester and learn what a difference our approach to dentistry can make.