Teeth Cleaning in West Seneca, NY
Experienced West Seneca Dentists Providing Affordable Teeth Cleaning
Having healthy teeth is a goal, not a guarantee.
As we age, general wear and tear begins to take its toll on the alignment, color, and integrity of our teeth, and the risk of developing medical complications increases over time. In decades and centuries past, when oral hygiene was far lower in quality and considered to be of lesser importance than it is today, infection and edentulism (the partial or complete loss of one’s permanent teeth) were common, and most people could expect to lose one or several teeth throughout their adulthood. Fortunately for us, dental practices have vastly improved since then, and there are several methods and practices that, when used in conjunction, can allow all of us to not just retain all our teeth but also maintain total dental health.
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.
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.
During the average teeth cleaning, a three-step process is used to meticulously and exhaustively clean your teeth and gums. The first step involves the removal of tartar, also known as calculus, which is the solidified plaque on the surfaces of your teeth. In addition to its role in changing the shape of teeth, tartar buildup is the precursor to dental infection, so the substance must be cleared away as soon as possible. Tartar is typically removed with an ultrasonic brush, which spins and vibrates at a speed that effectively dislodges the majority of the calculus. Whatever calculus remains is tackled in the second step, during which your dentist will use a hand instrument to manually scrape away any excess tartar in the crevices between your teeth. Once all the calculus has been removed, your dentist will polish your teeth in order to eliminate any stains that have developed since your previous visit.
A simple teeth cleaning can alleviate or even eliminate oral issues that you have begun to experience, such as halitosis (bad breath), gingivitis, and tooth sensitivity. Again, maintenance is key; if you begin to notice one of these unpleasant developments in the months after your cleaning, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can to nip these problems in the bud.