Whether you have healthy gums or are in a state of active periodontal disease, routine home maintenance - although very effective - only focuses on areas of the tooth that are above the gum line.
It is only through regular scaling and root planing procedures that remove plaque, tartar and bacterial toxins from those hard-to-reach areas below the gum line, that we are able to keep your gums healthy from top to bottom!
That is why at Tower Smiles we recommend visits twice yearly for a teeth cleaning, unless your oral health status dictates you require more frequent visits.
Depending on your preventative treatment schedule, some visits may include:
- taking x-rays to check bone levels (a good indicator of chronic gum and bone disease)
- measuring the depth of periodontal pockets
- checking for loose teeth or bleeding gums
- removing plaque or tartar above and below the gum line
- reviewing your home care techniques and their resulting effectiveness
Regular periodontal and preventative maintenance visits help us break the stronghold of bacteria in your gums and slow or eliminate their destructive effects. As such, removal of tarter and bacteria are crucial to treating gingivitis, controlling periodontal disease and preventing tooth decay.
So what IS the importance of the dental teeth cleaning?
While not only beneficial for appearance sake, there are numerous health benefits from a regular check-up of your teeth.
Firstly, maintaining a regular dental check up schedule will ensure that any potential dental issues are quickly identified and treated before they can turn into painful, and highly expensive, medicals issues that may require surgery or permanent treatment options.
The importance of the regular check-up ranges from preventing fatal conditions to maintaining healthy gum and teeth so they are working at their optimal level. On one end of the scale, regular dental visits will clear the patient of any potential oral cancers which are highly curable if caught early on. On a lesser scale but perhaps far more prevalent is gum disease, which is an infection of the gum tissue and the bone. This is also true of cavities and broken fillings which, if left untreated can result in root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth.
On a superficial level, regular checkups prevent the build up of plaque and clean the teeth and gums to a healthy level, thereby reducing the onset of bad breath. Statistics show that 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath can attribute it to a dental problem and low dental appointment attendance.
So how regularly should you go for these checkups with your dentist? A good rule of thumb is once every six months - providing that you have not experienced any sensitivity, pain or discomfort anywhere in your mouth.
However, there are certain conditions that require more frequent visits to the dentist, including periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene habits, high use of tobacco and alcohol, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medical conditions. These conditions leave the patient with a higher risk of gum disease, oral cancer and cavities - so patients who fall into any of these particular categories should visit their dentist on a more regular basis.
At Tower Smiles Dental we are always welcoming new patients! No referral is required.
Call Us at (403) 262-3826 or (403) 265-3146 to book your Teeth Cleaning Hygiene appointment today!