Everybody desires to have a beautiful smile. A beautiful smile adds to your overall confidence and begins with healthier teeth. Your teeth need periodic cleaning to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. Regular brushing and flossing, or other home care kits are insufficient to remove plaque from hard-to-reach areas. Plaque begins to harden into tartar in 12 hours.
Professional teeth cleaning helps in removing coffee or tobacco stains, plaque, and tartar buildup. Regular teeth cleaning is also known to minimize the risk of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and oral cancer. Teeth cleaning also has some added benefits like a more radiant smile, prevention of tooth loss and gum diseases, and a fresher breath.
After getting your teeth cleaned professionally, it is recommended to follow an oral care regimen to maintain the appearance of your teeth. Flossing once and brushing twice daily is widely recommended by hygienists worldwide. Please reach out to your dental hygienist to have a customized daily care regimen.
Oral Cancer Exam
Examining your mouth and associated tissues, visually and physically, to look for any signs of oral cancer is called an oral cancer exam. Your dentist may suggest frequent self-examinations that can be done from the comfort of your home if you have a lifestyle that puts you at greater risk. Men are twice as likely to have oral cancer compared to women. The average age of an oral cancer patient is between 60–70 years. As oral cancer tends to spread quickly, its early detection is imperative to prevent further complications.
Periodontal Dental Care
If you have periodontal disease, then your routine oral care regimen may be insufficient to prevent the disease from spreading further. This is largely because brushing and flossing target the part of the teeth that is visible (above the gum line). Root planning and scaling can help clean areas below the gum line of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. This can greatly prevent the further spread of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease could occur in the form of gingivitis or periodontitis and affect the gum and bone that keep the teeth in their place. Gingivitis which is not treated early progresses into periodontitis. Regular checkups, brushing and flossing can prevent these diseases from progressing and a more confident smile.
Periodontal disease is difficult to detect in its early stages and regular checkups go a long way in the early detection of this disease. Some common symptoms associated with this disease are:
- Gums that are swollen and appear shiny and red.
- Bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth.
- Tender, sensitive, or receding gums.
- Shift in your teeth’ alignment.
- Teeth that are loose.
- Metallic taste in the mouth.
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