Dental cleanings are a routine treatment for patients with healthy teeth and gums; usually twice a year. They are one of the most common components of dental care. However, regular teeth cleanings play a much more important role in healthy living than most patients realize. When your mouth is a healthy place, many other parts of your body benefit as a result.
If you think about it, your mouth gets quite the workout all day, every day. It’s the point of entry for a whole host of foods and drinks, often stays open for long periods of time while talking, and provides the perfect place for a host of microorganisms to hang out. All of this added together means that your teeth require some special care to keep them at their peak of performance.
Over time, bacteria help to form layers of plaque and tartar on your teeth. If that isn’t removed on a regular basis, your body’s immune system can become overly stressed, trying to constantly address all of those foreign invaders knocking at the gates of your mouth. Gums can become inflamed and begin to bleed as your immune system struggles to keep up. So it’s not surprising the regular dental cleanings have been proven to help prevent other serious health conditions like stroke, heart disease, and even dementia.
A dental cleaning is done by a dental hygienist. During the cleaning, the hygienist will use a variety of tools to clean the teeth both above and below the gums. Your hygienist will provide you with valuable feedback on areas of your mouth that you’re cleaning well in addition to places you may be missing. Your reward at the end of the process is free dental care packet and that “fresh from the dentist” feeling!