Many tend to take dental cleanings and regular visits to the dentist for granted. They think that if there’s no toothache or tooth decay, there’s no need to go. However, teeth cleaning should be done at least every six months to maintain good dental hygiene.

Why is dental cleaning essential? The mouth is part of our body, and if something happens to it, it affects our body too. For example, you may have experienced a toothache that gave you a headache, and in turn, you weren’t able to go to work. In fact, problems with your teeth can lead to other health problems like heart disease.

Perhaps the most vital reason for having a dental cleaning is to prevent tooth loss and gum disease. It has been said many times that prevention is better than a cure. When you lose a tooth not only will you spend more money, but normal activities such as chewing food also becomes harder.

During a dental cleaning session, the dentist uses specialized tools to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar, which causes tooth decay and gum disease. You cannot remove them with teeth brushing and flossing alone. Although, it’s normal to have this buildup in our teeth, too much buildup starts to become harmful to your teeth and gums.

Signs of gum problems include having deep pockets between the teeth and gums. When this happens, it means that your gums have inflammation. Another sign is when your gums bleed when you floss them. This could be caused by Gingivitis or a more severe gum disease like Periodontitis. What you don’t want to happen is gum recession or pulling down of gums, which is not nice to look at and make your teeth more sensitive.

After the teeth cleaning session, you should continue practicing good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing your teeth and making an appointment with your dentist.