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I Brush and Floss — Do I Still Need to Visit My Dentist for Cleanings?

August 27, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drgupta @ 7:58 pm

woman getting teeth cleanedYour smile is important to you. To keep your pearly whites in good shape, you brush twice a day, and you even floss. You don’t have any toothaches, and you haven’t noticed any other symptoms that indicate you should visit your dentist in Killeen. You might even think that you never need to visit a dental professional for a cleaning and checkup. If you assume that, though, you should think again. Professional cleanings are important for everyone, including folks who never skip brushing their teeth.  Here’s why.

Plaque Can Get Away from You

No matter how diligent you are about brushing and flossing, food particles, bacteria, and plaque can escape your efforts to vanquish them. They might sneak into the miniscule gaps between your teeth or along your gum line. Bacteria loves to hide from you, and it often succeeds. If it is left to have its way, it can lead to tooth decay and infections.

Doing a truly thorough cleaning on your own is especially difficult if you have crooked teeth. Decay can easily creep up in places that your toothbrush and floss simply can’t get to.

You Can’t Remove Tartar

If plaque remains on your teeth for too long, it hardens into tartar, which is impossible to remove with your regular care routine. Only a professional can get rid of it. What’s more, tartar buildup leads to cavities, gum disease, tooth discoloration, and other serious oral health conditions.

Your Dentist Does More than Clean Your Teeth

When you visit your dentist or dental hygienist, they’ll do more than clean your teeth. They’ll also perform an examination. They’ll check for such things as:

  • TMJ disorder
  • Signs of vitamin deficiencies
  • Signs of diabetes
  • Problems with tooth alignment or development
  • Cavities
  • Infections
  • Gum disease
  • Signs of oral cancer

A trained professional can spot problems well before you do, which means you can get ahead of conditions before they become serious. For example, if you catch gum disease in its early stage, gingivitis, you may be able to avoid surgery and tooth loss. Taking care of tooth decay before it progresses too far can mean the difference between the need for a simple filling and the need for a dental crown.

How Often Should You Get a Cleaning?

Most adults should head to their dentist in Killeen at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. However, you might need to go more often if you have certain medical condition. For example, if you have gum disease or diabetes, or if you take medications that cause dry mouth, you may need to visit your dentist three or four times a year.

It’s fantastic that you brush and floss regularly! However, don’t get overconfident about your oral health. Visiting your dentist for cleanings is an important part of taking care of your teeth and gums.

About the Author

Dr. Aditi Gupta and the rest of the team at ACE Dental in Killeen are pleased to provide a range of oral healthcare services. If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you have questions about how to care for your teeth, contact the office at 254-699-6000.

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