If you are brushing your teeth, take a look at them- or have a look at them the next time you brush your teeth. Do they look like a fabulous dental commercial? Are they sparkling white and tongue-grazing smooth? They should be, if you are having them cleaned every six months. Not only do your teeth need to be cleaned, but we need to be sure that they are cleaned and checked. That is the most effective way to prevent gum disease. If you don’t get your teeth cleaned regularly, you are putting yourself at risk, not only for gum disease but tooth decay as well. If you can’t remember the last time you got your teeth cleaned, keep reading. Let BayView Dental give you some information about why cleaning is so important.
Why Must I Get My Teeth Cleaned?
There are over 65 million Americans that are suffering from tooth decay or gum disease. The best way to prevent both tooth decay and gum disease is to have your teeth cleaned and checked every six months. That is the recommendation of the American Dental Association. Research in the last 75 years has noted that the majority of tooth decay and gum disease can be stopped or prevented if people get their teeth checked twice a year. People who go to get their teeth cleaned twice a year have fewer incidents of tooth decay and gum disease.
Over time, if you have gum disease or tooth decay, you can also be at risk for additional problems, such as heart disease, complications of diabetes, and infection. Of course, our first priority is to keep your mouth infection-free. The less tooth decay and gum disease you have, the less chance you have of losing teeth or gum tissue- or developing complications.
Should I Be Worried About Getting My Teeth Cleaned?
No. We make getting your teeth cleaned as painless as possible. First, we need to check your teeth out. This includes us asking you questions about your overall health and medications you take. Both your health and medications are important for us to know. We may be able to make recommendations for your oral health. We also need to check your mouth for potential problems right now and in the future. For example, we look for signs of gum disease. If you have gum disease, we can make recommendations for you that will fix the early stages of gum disease. We also check for other problems in your mouth, such as bumps or spots- which could be warning signs for oral cancer.
After we check your mouth, we clean your teeth. We will get all of the tartar and plaque off your teeth, which means they will be clean and bright. This is fairly painless, but if you are worried about the pain, you need to talk to us about ways we can make you more comfortable. We can make sure your teeth are cleaned while you remain relaxed. While we are cleaning your teeth, we can give you pointers so they can remain sparkly. Do you need to have your teeth cleaned? Give BayView Dental a call today atone of our 7 convenient locations now so your teeth can sparkle and shine.
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