Getting professional teeth cleaning in Madera, CA, every six months benefits your oral health, lowering your risks for many preventable conditions. But there are other advantages of teeth cleanings you may not have considered.
Let’s explore what happens during a teeth cleaning, how they benefit your oral health, and the added advantages.
About Preventive Dentistry in Madera, CA
Professional teeth cleanings are part of your six-month preventive appointment. These dental visits include an oral cancer screening, a visual tooth and gum exam, x-rays as needed, and professional teeth cleaning. Your dentist may also recommend a dental sealant or fluoride treatment as part of overall prevention.
Your oral cancer screening helps us detect the condition in its earliest stages. Typically, this means a more favorable outcome for you. Your visual dental exam means we can spot early or emerging oral health issues before they gain traction, becoming time-consuming and costly.
New x-rays allow us to compare oral health changes since your last x-rays. And we use digital films because they are safer for patients, easier to store, better for the environment, and shareable.
Your teeth cleaning is what lowers your risks for preventable conditions, including:
- Gum disease
- Oral infections
- Chronic bad breath
- Oral thrush
Gum disease prevention is essential because the consequences can be severe. For example, it has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, tooth loss, heart health issues, and more.
Professional teeth cleanings are relaxing. You recline in the dental chair while the hygienist uses special instruments to remove stubborn bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth and gums. These are the ingredients that lurk in hard-to-reach areas and between teeth. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing alone cannot eradicate everything!
While with the hygienist, you can ask questions and share your concerns. And your hygienist can provide valuable tips for optimal at-home tooth and gum care between regular preventive appointments.
Additional Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleanings
Besides improved oral health and fresh breath, there are additional benefits. Let’s explore a few!
#1 Teeth Cleanings Mean a Brighter Smile
In many cases, tooth stains are superficial, meaning a professional teeth cleaning is all you need for a whiter and brighter smile. Tartar and plaque buildup is enough to change tooth hue, making you believe there are stains when you only need professional teeth cleaning.
#2 Clean Teeth Can Boost Your Self-Confidence
A fresh, clean smile makes smiling that much easier. And when you smile, you tend to feel better. Additionally, self-care can boost your confidence by making you feel better about yourself and the choice you’ve made for your smile.
#3 Teeth Cleanings Prepare Your Enamel for Treatment
Some cosmetic treatments like professional teeth whitening start with teeth cleaning. Clean enamel allows the whitening gel to better penetrate to lift and eradicate tooth stains before your whitening treatment.
#4 Teeth Cleanings Can Save You Time and Money
You may not always think of oral care in terms of time and money. But prevention typically saves you both! Cleaning your teeth professionally reduces your risks for costly and time-eating dental health complications.
#5 Teeth Cleanings Help Protect Your Overall Wellness
Teeth cleanings lower your risks for gum disease and the associated complications, which include:
- Heart and lung issues
- Premature labor
- Low birth weight
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Your Role in Prevention
For your part, it’s crucial to adopt and implement an excellent oral care routine between dental cleanings.
- Brush and floss after every meal or at least two times per day
- Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth hydrated and to clear debris from your teeth.
- Lower your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks like fruit juice and soda.
- Talk to your dentist or hygienist if you have questions about your oral health.
- Report oral changes to our dental team as soon as possible.
- Avoid tobacco products.
Contact Your Madera Dentist Today
We are happy to welcome new patients and are always eager to help you realize your healthiest smile. To learn more about our dental treatments or to schedule a dental checkup and teeth cleaning, reach out to a helpful team member to get started.
Our dental office accepts CareCredit financing and serves all locations, including Madera, Chowchilla, Kerman, Fresno, and your neighborhood.