Dental cleaning helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. Without it, you’re more at risk for gum disease, cavities, tooth loss and other disease.
According to a Portland Tribune article on dental cleaning, statistics show that about half of Americans over 30 have symptoms of gum disease, and by age 50, people have lost an average of 12 teeth.
However, Americans are also living longer. It’s a fact that many people are aging and keeping their natural teeth. What makes this possible is preventative dental care combined with dental visits.
Brushing and flossing help get rid of bacteria in your mouth. WebMD explains that gum disease is infection of the gums that can cause loss of tissue that holds teeth in place. Plaque causes the infection and inflammation. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. When you don’t remove plague, pockets can form where more plaque can collect. Brushing and flossing helps remove plaque. Yet sometimes plaque builds up to the point that brushing and flossing don’t reach it. Dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar build-up that you can’t handle on your own.
Other preventative measures you can take to prevent gum disease are having good nutrition. Eating a diet that contains vitamin C and D helps promote healthy gums. Avoiding tobacco products is important as well because they weaken your immune system’s ability to protect your mouth and gums.
At Hutto Hippo Family Dental, we treat gum disease and also help patients through preventative measures by scheduling regular dental cleaning.