Why Are Teeth Cleanings Important?

Next to brushing and flossing, teeth cleanings are the best line of defense against tooth decay and cavities. Everyone should have a professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year, but some people may need to go more frequently. If you skip flossing a little more often than you’d like to admit, then you probably need to get your teeth cleaned pronto! Why are teeth cleanings so important? One reason is that you can’t clean all the plaque off your teeth at home. Even if you brush and floss regularly, some plaque gets beneath the gum line and needs to be removed by a professional.

Man smiling after dental cleaning

Skipping your dental cleaning is sort of like driving on old oil. The gunk in oil that circulates through the engine will eventually degrade the car’s motor; with your teeth, the plaque that isn’t removed through brushing will lead to inflammation and gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease is reversible. If you leave it too long, gum disease will lead to periodontal disease.

Even if you have periodontal disease, it doesn’t mean it’s too late and you should give up teeth cleanings altogether. If periodontal disease goes unchecked, it will eventually lead to tooth loss. This is why anyone with gum or periodontal disease needs to stick to their appointments for teeth cleanings.

Why do gums bleed after a teeth cleaning?

If there is a lot of bacteria build up in your mouth, your gums can become inflamed, irritated, and more sensitive to flossing and brushing. During a teeth cleaning, your gums may bleed due to this sensitivity. It may seem counterintuitive, but flossing is the best way to get your gums to stop bleeding. The more regularly you floss, the less your gums will bleed. You can actually build up the strength of your gums through regular flossing and brushing.

You CAN prevent major dental problems through teeth cleanings

Teeth cleanings are one of the best ways to avoid major dental problems down the road. If your teeth are not taken care of properly, you can get cavities which may lead to you needing a root canal, filling, or even permanent crown. Teeth cleanings are relatively inexpensive, even if you don’t have insurance, so getting your twice a year teeth cleaning is much more affordable than fixing teeth with cavities. Plus, regular cleanings will remind you the importance of flossing and brushing every single day.

Are you ready to get a healthy mouth with a professional teeth cleaning? Call McNeely Family Dentistry today for an appointment!

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