The truth about dental cleanings
When life gets busy, it's not always easy to fit dental cleanings into your full schedule. Missing a cleaning might not seem like a problem. After all, your teeth look fine. Unfortunately, cleaning is about more than just appearances. Michael L Wing, DDS, PC, your Huntersville dentist, shares the importance of dental cleanings for your oral and general health.
Cleaning removes plaque and tartar
Brushing and flossing is very helpful in removing plaque, a sticky, colorless film that adheres to your teeth. Unfortunately, you might not be able to remove all of the plaque at home. Because plaque contains bacteria, it can cause tooth decay. If it isn't removed promptly, it can eventually turn into deposits called tartar. Tartar is so hard that it can't be removed by brushing alone. Tartar deposits can discolor your teeth and make it more difficult for you to remove plaque on your own. When tartar forms at the gum line, it can cause painful gum disease. The staff at Dr. Wing's office use special instruments to scrape tartar from your teeth, decreasing your risk of gum disease and improving your appearance.
Your dentist looks for decay and problems during a cleaning appointment
When you visit your dentist for a cleaning, he examines your teeth and mouth for signs of tooth decay and other dental problems. Identifying and treating problems when they are in the early stages not only prevents further damage to your teeth, but also saves you money. Small dental problems are usually less expensive to treat than extensive problems. During your visit, Dr. Wing not only evaluates your teeth, but also looks for potential signs that could indicate serious health problems, such as oral cancer or diabetes. Regular dental cleanings allow your dentist to identify and treat gum disease promptly and help you avoid serious health problems.
Cleaning improves your breath
Cleaning not only brightens your teeth, it also removes smelly plaque and tartar that can contribute to bad breath.
Protect your smile and your oral health with regular dental cleaning appointments. Don't have a dentist? Call Huntersville dentist Michael L Wing, DDS, PC at (704) 997-8280 for an appointment.