With spring on its way, many people decide it’s time to deep clean their homes. The idea is to do thorough cleaning, the kind that gets stuff clean in places your normal, daily cleaning just doesn’t reach. Just as it’s good for your home to occasionally deep clean your kitchen, it’s good for your health to occasionally deep clean your teeth with Modern Dental.
Oral health is an important component of overall health. Your teeth have a big job to do and need to last a long time. Professional dental cleanings remove deposits that regular brushing and flossing just don’t get, and they provide an important opportunity for preventive care.
Prevent Gum Disease with Dental Cleanings
But even if you’re diligent with your oral hygiene, there’s bound to be some plaque that escapes your efforts. That sticky film builds up and calcifies into rock-hard tartar. Tartar that thickens and builds up can damage the gums, degrade enamel, and result in cavities, all while also increasing the risk of gum disease!
Gum disease is much more common that one might think. Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have some stage of gum disease present, and more than two-thirds of the elderly. Gum disease (a long-term infection of the gums) is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. This can result in sensitive, bleeding gums. As the infection progresses, the bone and supporting structures of teeth are degraded. It’s even linked to other serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Many patients don’t realize they have gum disease. Regular cleanings help us catch the problem in the early stages so we can prevent serious consequences that could occur later.
Your Spring Dental Cleaning Checklist
Follow the 2 x 2 rule. Brush for two minutes, twice per day.
Floss every day. Your toothbrush might have trouble getting between your teeth, but it’s easy for food particles and bacteria to do so.
Get a new toothbrush. Your toothbrush doesn’t age like wine. Replace it after getting sick, when it’s worn, or every three months.
Drink more water. Sugary drinks, soda, and energy drinks are terrible for teeth. If you decide to drink them, brush afterwards. Drink water to satiate your thirst.
Schedule your next dental cleaning. Call our practice in east Boise to spring clean your teeth.