Why Do I Need A Teeth Cleaning?
You brush and you floss, so why do you need a teeth cleaning? To get that perfect smile of yours at its brightest, whitest, and healthiest, professional teeth cleanings are a must! Our dental hygienists at The Smile Artists in Culver City, California, are experts in gum treatments but they also have a specialized focus on teeth cleanings.
First things first! Let’s establish good habits. The lack of brushing and flossing or even incorrect brushing and flossing techniques will still encourage a mouthful of negative bacteria. If negative bacteria are not removed daily it can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Our dental hygienists will take the time and care you need to personally tailor your at-home dental hygiene routine.
Why Do My Teeth Look and Feel Dirty?
Getting down to the dirty teeth details. Brushing and flossing every day will reduce your risk of gum disease, but over time a yellow, chalky hard deposit will start to form around your teeth and gums that will still cause an infection. This happens to the best of us, in fact, to all of us and there is no escaping it! This yellow, chalky hard deposit is known as calculus or tartar, and over time it can get stained to an unsightly brown or black color. Once you have it around your teeth it cannot be removed even with the best at-home dental hygiene routines. The only way to remove the tartar and prevent gum disease is with a professional teeth cleaning.
For bright and white teeth, you may notice a dramatic improvement with teeth cleanings alone! But if you are looking to enhance your beautiful smile with over the counter whitening or professional whitening treatments, it is best to do them after a teeth cleaning. Tartar buildup acts like a barrier between your teeth and the whitening product reducing its effects. For optimal results, for a brighter and whiter smile, all whitening products work best with clean teeth.
How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?
Most of us have heard that for a healthy smile we need to visit the dentist and have 1 to 2 cleanings a year. This is very misleading and may lead you towards gum disease! No two smiles are the same, and at The Smile Artists, detailed data is collected of your smile to determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned. To ensure you maintain a true preventative path it is common to have teeth cleanings every 6 months, 4 months, or every 3 months. Some of the factors that are evaluated to determine how often you need a teeth cleaning are:
- How fast you build up tartar
- How sensitive your gums are in presence of negative bacteria
- Other health conditions
- Measurements of bone and gum around each tooth
- Bone loss shown in your Xrays
All of our dental hygienists at The Smile Artists are board certified, licensed, and highly skilled in using only the best ultrasonic waterjet technology combined with hand scaling to treat your teeth. They are focused in giving you a thorough teeth cleaning because at The Smile Artists we don’t just combat gum disease, we take pride in preventing it!
How Do Teeth Cleanings Help My Body?
Let’s think about this beyond your smile! If your mouth is full of negative bacteria and it is not properly removed, you are essentially swallowing it all the time! There is no reason why the negative bacteria are isolated to your gums, teeth, and Smile. When not properly maintained, it can become severe and has been known to spread to other parts of the body like your heart. Call us today to make your next dental hygiene visit! The Smile Artists are here for your first steps towards a better healthier smile and a better healthier you.