Basics of Teeth Cleaning
Preventative dentistry is an essential part of oral hygiene, yet most preventative measures can be taken within the confines of your home. Here is some information about the basics of teeth cleaning.
Basics of Teeth Cleaning | Brushing, Flossing, and Rinsing
It is imperative to brush with toothpaste, floss, and rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash morning and night. This knowledge has been inculcated in all of us from a young age, and this twice-daily regimen is one of the pillars of preventative dentistry, the type of dental care that emphasizes the prevention of oral disease. However, brushing, flossing, and rinsing alone cannot completely protect our teeth from the possibility of infection or other complications. As a supplement to your daily regimen, the American Dental Association has recommended that every person, regardless of age, schedule a teeth cleaning with her or his dentist at least two times per year. Even the most diligent and astute brushers and flossers among us can miss a pocket of plaque here or an interdental pocket there, especially in harder-to-reach areas such as the back of the mouth. Direct and thorough attention from a dental health care professional can fill in this gap; a teeth cleaning, in conjunction with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing, is a firm safeguard against more serious oral hygienic problems.
Basics of Teeth Cleaning | Consequences
When a complication, such as redness or a cavity, does arise in the mouth, early intervention is critical. If a crack in a tooth is left alone, bacteria can invade the soft inner tissues, causing an infection and necessitating a root canal. Infrequent brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash can invite gingivitis to develop, which can lead to periodontitis and loss of bony tissue in the jaw. There is even evidence that an infection in the mouth can spread elsewhere in the body, producing cardiac issues. During a teeth cleaning, your dentist can stop these problems as they are on the cusp of developing, sparing you future surgery and additional health care expenses.
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