For your teeth to remain healthy, it’s imperative to see the dentist regularly and attend your bi-annual teeth cleaning appointments.
Skipping your recommended dental check-ups and professional dental cleanings allows bacteria on your teeth and gum to grow unchecked, leading to cavities and gum disease, which are closely linked to your overall health.
At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Kami Kohani provides comprehensive dental care for individuals living or visiting San Diego, California.
What Are the Benefits of Professional Dental Cleanings?
Having your teeth cleaned every six months allows the dental hygienist to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth and check to see if this bacteria-filled build-up has reached below your gum line. This is common and requires a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to prevent an early form of gum disease from progressing to severe periodontitis.
Bacteria from your teeth can quickly spread below the gums and into the blood vessels under your teeth to other areas of the body.
By eliminating plaque and tartar, regular dental cleanings include the following cosmetic benefits:
- Protects teeth
- Improves the appearance of teeth by removing
- Prepares teeth for professional whitening
Your smile is worth protecting for aesthetic reasons. However, a link between your overall well-being and the health of your gums has also been established, making the proper care of your teeth (including routine cleanings) even more crucial.
The following illnesses can be triggered or worsened by oral bacteria that have traveled outside of the mouth into the bloodstream:
- Heart and lung disease
- Premature delivery and low birth weight
Visiting the dentist twice yearly helps you ensure optimal oral health by removing an abundance of bacteria and detecting gum disease (gingivitis) early. A deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) can prevent gingivitis from advancing to progressive gum disease.
Am I a Candidate for Professional Dental Cleanings?
Individuals over the age of three who have not had their teeth cleaned or visited a dentist in over six months are not only good candidates for professional dental cleanings; they are strongly advised to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
The only reason to delay a professional teeth cleaning is when you have a serious oral health condition that needs attention first. Be sure to schedule your dental cleaning soon after this treatment is completed.
Call Our San Diego dental expert at (858) 295-0603 to learn what Dr. Kohani can do for you.