One of the most common misconceptions people have about dental care is that if you are diligent about brushing and flossing, professional dental cleanings aren’t necessary.
This simply isn’t true.
Although removing plaque and tartar is an important part of your cleaning, more takes place then you might realize at your appointment with your hygienist and dentist in Aloha, OR.
Here are 3 good reasons why dental cleanings matter:
1. We can reach the places you can't.
Your teeth are not a smooth surface. They have all kinds of little nooks and crannies where plaque and tartar can hide and build up, particularly between teeth, behind the molars, and beneath the gumline. Even the most determined brusher is unlikely to remove every last trace of plaque from their teeth, and once the plaque hardens into tartar, only professional tools can remove it.
The fact is, it only takes a small amount of plaque to create a cavity or irritate sensitive gum tissue, setting the stage for periodontal disease. During your cleaning, your hygienist will carefully examine all the areas where plaque and tartar tend to hide and make sure that every last trace is removed.
2. We’ll help you improve your technique.
You might be surprised by how many people think they are doing a great job brushing and flossing and still wind up with cavities and gum disease! Nobody is born knowing the best way to brush their teeth or floss, and this is nothing to be embarrassed about. Your hygienist will review your home care with you and provide tips and recommendations so you can get the most out of your routine.
3. We screen you for periodontal disease and other serious conditions.
One of the problems with many common (but serious) dental conditions is that when they are in the earliest stages, they often don’t have noticeable symptoms. Trained professionals, however, like our doctors and hygienists, know exactly what to look for and can spot problems early on – when they are the simplest to treat. Why wait until you are in pain to catch a problem?
If you are due for a cleaning – or you have any questions at all about the care we provide, please call us! We are always happy to help!