Why You Should Get Professional Teeth Cleanings

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
December 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Have you ever been tempted to skip a dental cleaning? If your teeth feel fine, and you brush every day, you may wonder if dental cleanings teeth cleaningsare absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, missing even one cleaning can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Winston Salem, NC, dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta explains why professional cleaning is important.

You may miss a spot or two

No matter how thoroughly you brush and floss, it may not be possible to remove every trace of plaque from your teeth. The bacterial film coats your teeth throughout the day, making them feel rough. Plaque increases both your cavity and gum disease risk. In as little as 10 days, plaque can turn into tartar, a hard deposit responsible for gum disease. Although brushing is effective in removing plaque, tartar is so hard that it can only be removed with special dental instruments. If parts of your teeth overlap or are difficult to reach, plaque and tartar may build up on your teeth, even if you brush and floss frequently. Dental cleanings offer a simple way to decrease plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth.

Your teeth will look better after a cleaning

Stains on your tooth enamel can dull your smile. Dental cleanings remove superficial stains in your tooth enamel, improving your appearance. Although cleaning is effective in removing mild stains, you may want to consider professional teeth whitening if you have very dull or yellow teeth.

Your breath will be fresher

Cleanings remove tiny particles of foods that can get stuck between teeth. As those particles degrade, they may produce a foul smelling odor that is noticeable any time you open your mouth. After your cleaning, you'll leave our Winston Salem office with much fresher breath.

You'll receive a thorough examination

As part of your checkup, you'll receive an examination and possibly X-rays, in addition to your cleaning. Regular exams are essential in diagnosing cavities, gum disease, cracks in teeth and other dental issues that can affect your oral health.

Do you need to make an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup? Call Winston Salem, NC, dentist Dr. Perrotta at (336) 760-9258 to schedule your visit.


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