The Value of Regular Checkups & Cleanings
Brushing your teeth at least twice every day and flossing at least once is a form of dental cleaning. When you check your teeth and gums in the mirror while you’re at the sink, you’re also giving yourself a minor checkup. Nevertheless, keeping your smile in its best shape also requires professional cleanings and exams by your dentist and hygienist, usually at least once every six months. During your visit, we can carefully remove the harmful tartar that your toothbrush and floss cannot remove, thereby reducing your risks of developing issues as a result of the oral bacteria that tartar holds. We can also inspect your teeth and gums for signs that you may need more involved care using advanced dental technology.
Professional Dental Hygiene
At home, brushing and flossing your teeth helps you control the plaque that harmful oral bacteria form. This sticky substance adheres to your teeth and gums, harboring bacteria that could lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and more. When plaque calcifies into tartar, it becomes too resilient for your toothbrush and floss. To remove it, you will need to visit your dentist for professional cleaning, preferably at least twice a year to prevent tartar from overwhelming your teeth and gums.
If plaque and tartar work their way underneath your gums, then it can be precursor to gum disease. In its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, gum disease can be reversed or managed with deep cleaning (or scaling and root planing) and ongoing periodontal care. Deep cleaning is more involved than regular dental cleaning, and consists of your dentist carefully removing harmful bacteria from underneath your gums. Because of this, it may take more than one visit to complete deep cleaning.
Schedule Your Next Checkup & Cleaning
Maintaining a regular schedule of checkup and cleaning appointments is as important as brushing and flossing your teeth every day. To schedule your next appointment, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.