The Importance of Professional Teeth Cleaning

Professional teeth cleaning plays a crucial role in maintaining good oral health. While brushing and flossing at home are essential, professional cleanings offer additional benefits that contribute to the overall health of your teeth and gums. 

At Arden Dental Group, our team of dentists and specialists offer general and cosmetic dentistry services at our office in the greater Asheville, North Carolina, area.

The importance of professional teeth cleaning

Here’s why we don’t want you to skip professional teeth cleanings.

Plaque and tartar removal

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth and between your teeth and gums. Over time, plaque hardens and forms tartar (calculus). Unfortunately, brushing and flossing at home won’t remove tartar. 

Regular cleanings help to prevent and eliminate plaque and tartar buildup, lowering your risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

Gum disease prevention

Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) is a common oral health problem caused by bacteria and gum inflammation. Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline, reducing your risk of gum disease. 

When treated early at the gingivitis stage, gum disease is reversible and usually doesn’t cause lasting damage. As it progresses, the damage to your teeth and gums becomes permanent and can lead to gum recession and tooth loss.

Early detection

During a professional cleaning, our dental hygienists and dentists perform a comprehensive exam of your teeth and gums. This allows for early detection of oral health issues, including cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other abnormalities. 

Improved smile

Plaque and tartar buildup can contribute to persistent bad breath (halitosis) and tooth stains and discolorations. Professional cleanings remove the sources of odor-causing bacteria and surface stains, resulting in fresher breath and a brighter smile.

Better health

Good oral health is connected to overall well-being. Poor oral hygiene and untreated dental problems have been linked to various general health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and complications during pregnancy. 

Regular professional cleanings help maintain your oral health and reduce your risk of serious health complications in the future.

Ask questions and share any oral health concerns

We can provide valuable information and guidance during your teeth cleanings. We offer personalized tips on proper brushing and flossing techniques, suggest oral hygiene products tailored to your needs, and address any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health.

We generally recommend having professional teeth cleanings every six months, although the frequency may vary depending on your oral health. By making professional cleanings a part of your preventive oral care routine, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth, a confident smile, and overall well-being.

For more information about teeth cleaning and preventive dentistry services, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in the greater Asheville, North Carolina, area.