Why are professional dental cleanings important?
While it is fairly common for some patients to skip a dental cleaning or two due to a busy schedule or in an attempt to save money, dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, is a surprisingly affordable form of preventative care. Establishing a routine of twice yearly visits to your dental office in Fort Lauderdale increases the likelihood that your appointments will yield whiter, cleaner teeth and healthier gums. Our patients at Excellence in Dentistry report that dental cleanings make their teeth look and feel great!
Truly the best dentist in Fort Lauderdale. Richard W
I ... saw Alice who took x-rays and deep cleaned my teeth. I am a senior citizen and through the years have been to my share of hygienists, she is the best and makes the experience pleasant and pain free. Marie C
Wonderful teeth cleaning & check up experience conducted by very professional staff. Kathy T
Beyond keeping your teeth pearly-white and sparkling clean, there are many benefits of regular dental cleanings:
● Cavity Prevention
At your dental cleaning appointment, your professional dental hygeinst removes plaque and tartar that brushing alone can not. Plaque is the sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth after you eat. If you run your tongue over your teeth and they feel fuzzy, that's plaque. Plaque contains bacteria which produce acids that can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
● Tooth Loss Prevention
Gum disease is a serious issue. Skipping your dental cleanings allows plaque that your toothbrush has missed to harden into tartar, or calculus. Tartar is a rough, porous substance that forms a yellow or brown crust at the base of our teeth or near the gum line. Tartar is not only unsightly, it can cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed. This is a sign of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. With regular dental cleanings, gingivitis can be stopped. However, if gum disease progresses, inflammed gums begin to recede leaving pockets between the teeth and gums. This is periodontitis, or periodontal disease, and can lead to tooth loss.
Patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease require dental deep cleaning (perioscaling and root planning) and more frequent appointments for dental cleaning (periomaintenance) , usually every 3 to 4 months.
● Fresh Breath
Bad breath comes from bacteria, food debri and tartar. If you brush your teeth but still suffer from bad breath, it is time to visit your dental hygienist in Fort Lauderdale. Professional dental cleaning reduces the bacteria and removes tartar in the mouth that cause bad breath. Daily brushing and flossing is important for fresh breath, but be sure to keep your regularly schedule dental cleanings too.
● Save Money
Dental insurance companies know the benefits of regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams. They are considered preventative services and most insurance companies cover them fully because they are vital in maintaining a healthy mouth. Even for patients without dental insurance, the benefit of regular dental cleanings and checkups outweighs the minimal cost. Regular visits to your dentist in Fort Lauderdale decreases your likelihood of needing more invasive and expensive treatments as any issues can be caught and resolved before they progress.
● Brighter Smile
Removing any plaque and tartar buildup will whiten and brighten your teeth. Additionally, your dental hygienist polishes your teeth during your dental cleaning to remove surface stains.
● Boost Your General Health
Research has shown a relationship between your oral helath and your overall wellness. Gum disease is linked to a host of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Gum disease is the most common chronic inflammatory condition in the world, yet many people are completely unaware they suffer from it. Chronic inflammation in your mouth can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which may lead to inflammation in other parts of your body.
The good news is that regular visits to your Fort Lauderdale dentist can stop gum disease before it starts. Dr. Nancy Rotroff and Dr. Gerard Wasselle at Excellence in Dentistry provide complete family dentistry and emphasize the importance of twice yearly dental cleanings and dental exams. Our dental hygienists receive great reviews from their patients! Call to schedule your dental cleaning today by calling 954-928-1666.