Many people procrastinate about having their dental cleanings done. Most of the individuals who put their dental exam and cleaning off are just too busy or feel anxious about visiting the dentist because they have neglected to care for their teeth properly. Despite the reason for the delay, putting off biannual cleanings and checkups can be costly, in more ways than one.
Tartar Buildup and Its Effect on the Teeth
Plaque left on the teeth hardens, turning into tartar (aka dental calculus). This hardening occurs within 48 hours. Since tartar must be removed by a dental professional (typically a dental hygienist), when a dental cleaning is postponed, the dental calculus on the teeth accumulates and cavities may begin to develop beneath it.
Preventing Gum Disease Requires More Than Practicing Good Dental Hygiene
Even individuals who are strict about following their dental hygiene routine are at risk for developing gum disease when they skip their biannual cleanings. While practicing good dental hygiene is extremely beneficial for the health of the teeth and gums, once the plaque hardens into tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional.
During a Dental Cleaning, the Hygienist Removes the Tartar Beneath the Gum Line
Besides removing the visible dental calculus on the teeth, the dental hygienist also removes the tartar that has built up beneath the gum line. Since a toothbrush and floss are both unable to reach this area, chances are that quite a bit of dental calculus has built up. Unless the hygienist removes this tartar, the likelihood of the individual developing gum disease, a receding gum line and exposed roots increases.
As tartar builds up it irritates the gum line, causing it to become inflamed. Small pockets begin to form in the gingival tissue (aka gum tissue, gums) around the teeth. These pockets provide a place for food, bacteria and plaque to build up, causing even more inflammation. Once gum disease develops, bone and tooth loss is probable. However, having biannual dental cleanings helps prevent gum disease.
Halitosis (Bad Breath)
The plaque, tartar and stains on the teeth all consist of bacteria. These bacteria release sulfur, which causes foul-smelling breath. Since dental calculus and certain stains are nearly impossible to remove at home, a dental cleaning is the only way to address halitosis when it occurs due to these issues.
By having a cleaning and checkup at Kemper Meadow Family Dentistry every six months, the hygienist removes the built-up tartar and the dentist looks for any potential problems that need to be addressed. Preventing dental issues to begin with or addressing them early on is vital because the solutions to some dental problems can be costly. To schedule a dental cleaning and checkup at Kemper Meadow Family Dentistry in Cincinnati, call 1-513-648-9900.