Dental Cleanings With Your Dentist In Punta Gorda
Are you getting your teeth cleaned twice a year? If not, you may not entirely understand the disservice you are doing yourself. If you are looking the hard and fast answer to the question asked in the title of this blog, here it is: Dental cleanings are a routine necessity.
You may not like it. You may hate going to the dentist and try to stretch out the time between appointments as often as possible. You come home with bleeding, sore gums and don’t entirely understand what benefit you have achieved from your dental cleaning.
There are ways to make your dental cleaning experience less… traumatizing. First, it is important to understand why you need the cleanings in the first place.
Why Do I Need Dental Cleanings?
Chances are, you have heard about plaque. Whether you have heard it mentioned by your dentist or on a toothpaste commercial, you have heard of it. The most important thing to know about plaque is that no toothpaste can remove plaque build-up, nor prevent it entirely.
If you are wondering what plaque is, the short answer is that plaque is the hard deposits in which natural bacteria in your mouth live. They feed on the sugar particles left in your mouth by food you have consumed, leading to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease (gingivitis).
At your routine, preventative dental cleanings, your dentist or dental hygienist uses special tools to remove the plaque from your teeth, specifically below the gum line. By not having this done twice a year, you are opening yourself up for a slew of dental health challenges.
How Can I Make Dental Cleanings Easier?
First and foremost, keep your dental cleaning appointments, twice each year. When you keep your schedule of appointments, it means there will be less plaque for the dental hygienist to remove. The longer you put off appointments, the more opportunity there is for plaque to build-up.
Here are a few other things you can do to make your appointments easier:
- Floss at least once a day
- Brush after every meal
- Rinse with an anti-plaque mouth rinse after brushing
- Floss twice a day for optimal results
If you follow this dental health routine and still find that the plaque removal process during your routine cleanings is difficult, ask your Dr. Dehdashti, your dentist in Punta Gorda, what more you can be doing.