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How long has it been since you last visited your dentist and had a professional teeth cleaning? If you can’t recall when your last appointment was, then it’s about time you visited your dentist and had that all important scale and polish. Even if you think you’ve got good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups are a must and a professional teeth cleaning helps keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean. Find out the benefits of deep cleaning teeth.
A scale and polish is a professional cleaning of the teeth carried out by a dentist. Your dentist will use a special ultrasonic cleaner to clean around the gum line on the back and front of your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar. This is then followed with a polishing of the teeth.
No matter how well you clean your teeth at home, over time there is likely to be a natural build up of plaque and bacteria on your gum line and teeth. Once hardened this plaque becomes tartar and is much more difficult to remove at home with brushing and flossing alone. This build of plaque and bacteria can in the long term cause gum disease and potentially the loss of teeth. Having your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist helps to clean away any hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line, leaving your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
When brushing and flossing your teeth, many people often focus on the teeth at the front of their mouth as these are the ones they can see. Your dentist is able to get a complete picture of your teeth and not only tell you where you need to pay more attention to cleaning but also provide them with a deep clean and remove any build up of plaque or tartar. A professional teeth cleaning is also great at cleaning in between your teeth and around hard to reach molars. Once complete you’ll leave your dental practice with a fresh set of clean and polished teeth.
Teeth can become superficially stained by many things including tea, coffee, wine and tobacco. Having your teeth professionally cleaned with a scale and polish will help remove any superficial stains that have built up over time and will help return your teeth to their natural colour. It’s also advised that if you choose to have teeth whitening that you have a scale and polish completed first so that your teeth can make the most of the whitening treatment. Having clean and polished teeth that have a natural white colour can also be a great confidence booster.
Having your teeth professionally cleaned gives your dentist the opportunity to check your oral health. During the appointment your dentist will assess your teeth for signs of decay, signs of infections, oral cancer and gum disease as well as how your teeth bite together and any signs of wider medical concerns. Not only does this improve your oral health but having good oral hygiene can benefit your wellbeing. If dangerous bacteria in the mouth is not dealt with it has the potential to cause infection in other parts of the body. Regular visits to the dentists and a scale and polish will help prevent this from happening.
Bad breath can be caused for a variety of reasons, including smelly or spicy food, tobacco, gum disease or a medical condition. However one of the most common causes of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t regularly and properly brush and floss your teeth, bacteria and particles of food may build up. This can lead to an unpleasant smell and a nasty taste in your mouth. Having regular dental checkups with your dentist and having a scale and polish will help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy while preventing bad breath. Regular checkups will also allow your dentist to check for any other more serious causes of bad breath such as gum disease.
Now that you know how important it is to get your teeth professionally cleaned, why not book a scale and polish check up appointment with Green Square Dental. Call us on 01709 917666 and make an appointment today.