We have all gone to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned at some point in our lives, usually every year since we were children. The process is more in-depth than just a simple brushing. So what exactly is going on during a teeth cleaning and what is the purpose?
Dental cleaning is very important in preventing gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis that can cause you to lose your teeth. It involves the dentist removing and scraping away plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth and gums using a variety of tools that can reach the areas between the teeth that brushing, flossing and even mouth wash can’t get to.
First, a high-powered water pic blasts away all the food particles from your teeth, followed by a special toothbrush and paste that deep cleanses and polishes the tooth’s surface. Finally, the dentist will finish up with a fluoride treatment to help keep your teeth strong and your protective enamel barrier intact.
Regular brushing and flossing, using a quality mouth wash with fluoride, and scheduling regular cleanings will go far in preventing your food from turning into the plaque that destroys your teeth and gums, leading to unwanted cavities, diseases and missing teeth. Another added benefit to routine teeth cleaning is that it allows your dentist to catch any abnormalities early on, so you can prevent any potential problems from worsening and ultimately becoming a serious issue.
What most people don’t think of when discussing good oral hygiene is the importance that a healthy diet can have on the condition of your gums and teeth. Diet and dental health go hand in hand. For one, eating too much sugar increases your risk of getting tooth decay. The sugar that gets built up as plaque on your teeth causes acid to attack it, which ultimately causes your teeth to corrode. Remember when you were a child on Halloween night and your parents would always warn you about eating too much candy or you’ll rot your teeth out? That was not just a figure of speech. Another way your diet affects your teeth has to do with nutrition. If you are eating a diet that is lacking in essential nutrients and minerals, your hair, teeth, and nails will all suffer. A poor diet also leads to a weakened immune system, which makes it more difficult for your gums to fight off disease and infections that lead to gum disease, and tooth loss and decay.
Eating a well-rounded diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and healthy fats like salmon and nuts, drinking a lot of water, and limiting your snacking between brushings are all great ways to keep your teeth healthy. A large meal is actually less damaging to your teeth than frequent snacking because when you eat a larger meal, you produce more saliva that assists in washing food particles from the mouth and teeth, which decreases the negative effects the acid will have on our teeth.
Following these tips will go a long way in keeping your mouth and smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.