The Importance of Regular Teeth Cleanings
Here at Hillis Family Dental in St. Peters, MO, your dentist, Dr. Amanda Hillis, encourages all her patients to come in for a professional cleaning and check-up every six months. Read on to learn why.
Why teeth need cleanings
Over time, your teeth require routine cleanings because they collect biofilms (substances also known as soft plaque and hard tartar) from the residues left over from whatever you eat or drink. The more carbohydrate-based choices you consume, the more easily plaque builds up.
As plaque accumulates, so does destructive oral bacteria. These microbes actually create holes in tooth enamel and infect surrounding gum tissue. Hence, people receive cavities and periodontitis.
How professional cleanings can help
The American Dental Association (ADA) advises everyone—children through senior adults—receive twice-yearly cleanings to remove those bacteria-filled biofilms. Even the most careful of brushers and flossers cannot remove them all at home. Fortunately, your hygienist and dentist can help.
A professional cleaning removes this plaque and tartar from interdental spaces and the gum line. The hygienist uses small hand-held scalers and ultrasonic tools to scrape off plaque and tartar. She rinses them away with clear water. After systematically working on all tooth surfaces, she polishes each tooth with a rotary brush and special toothpaste, making your smile feel fresh and look beautiful.
If you have gum problems...
Your cleanings will be more involved. Called scaling and root planing, these procedures remove tartar from below the gum line. Your dentist may instill antibiotics as well to speed healing and re-attachment of gums to tooth surfaces.
Dental cleanings are valuable at our St. Peters office
The old adage, "A pound of prevention is worth a pound of cure." is so true. At Hillis Famiiy Dental in St. Peters, MO, your dentist, Dr. Amanda Hillis, and her team practice this philosophy every day, helping patients prevent oral health problems and keep their smiles for life. If it's time for your six-month cleaning and examination, please call our office team at (636) 970-7902. We look forward to seeing you.