Do a quick check for us and let us know. Are your teeth clean? Do they sparkle and shine? If you feel your teeth with your tongue, do they feel smooth? Or do you feel bumps or do your teeth feel gritty? Do you know the last time your teeth were cleaned? If you aren’t even sure you have had your teeth cleaned this year, it is definitely time to do it. You need to come in and get your teeth cleaned - not only for your dental health but for your overall health as well.
Regular dental exams are a great way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Research says that over 65 million Americans suffer from gum disease, which leads to the loss of a tooth. Half of all adults in the United States have lost a tooth because of tooth decay. We want to make those numbers decrease. Give Bryan Hill, DDS a chance to talk to you about why teeth cleaning is so important.
Why You Should Come in to See Us
The American Dental Association wants you to go in to get your teeth cleaned twice a year. You need to come in to see us for several reasons. Healthy teeth are the best defense you can have against tooth decay and gum disease. Cleanings help to keep your teeth in the best shape possible - healthy and whole.
Also, when you come in and see us, you are allowing us to get rid of bacteria for you. If you have too much bacteria, it can lead to a lot of problems. The bacteria in your mouth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and rotting teeth and gums. The infections can also lead to problems with other areas of your body, including your heart and brain.
What Are Teeth Cleanings Like?
Many people worry about teeth cleaning. They worry it will be painful. However, we can reassure you that the pain is not excessive. First, we will examine your teeth with a tool. This part is painless. We will also ask you about health conditions and medications that can affect your teeth. If you take medicine for a heart condition, you may experience dry mouth. Dry mouths cause bacteria to grow, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. If you tell us about your dry mouth, we can make suggestions to keep your mouth moist.
At the same time that we are examining your teeth, we are looking for signs of problems. We look for cavities. We also look for red and swollen gums, especially if they are bleeding. We can check for bumps or spots in your mouth, as well. You may need to get x-rays. We like you to get them once a year, so we can see the changes in your teeth as time goes along.
We then clean your teeth. We work to remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth and gumline. Depending on how much tartar and plaque you have in your mouth, you may experience some discomfort. We will be happy to talk to you about relaxation and sedation techniques to help you through this process.
We will get the plaque and tartar off your teeth and then polish your teeth beautifully. We then floss your teeth. If there are problem areas you are not reaching, we will give you pointers on how to care for your mouth better. Teeth cleaning is wonderful. Let us show you! Give Bryan Hill, DDS a call today at (509) 505-6303.