If you are committed to your oral health, it is essential that you schedule regular dental cleanings at our Chino, CA practice. With routine cleanings, our skilled team can eliminate the oral bacteria responsible for decay and gum disease. At Value Dental Centers Chino, we are committed to patient comfort. Therefore, your cleanings will be very easy, and they will involve minimal discomfort. With our gentle methods and personalized approach, even our many pediatric patients find dental visits to be fun. Because cleanings are so integral to your oral wellness, we urge you to schedule appointments at least twice a year.
Why Are Dental Cleanings So Important?
To understand the importance of dental cleanings, you must know how cavities and gum disease develop. Even with daily brushing and flossing, bacteria will build up in your mouth over time. As they do, a sticky film called plaque will accrue on your teeth. Plaque will eventually harden into tartar, and both of these substances will keep microbes trapped against your teeth. The bacteria will feed off of sugars and starches. Then acids will form, which will eat away at your dental enamel. Acids will continue to work their way deeper into your teeth, and cavities will appear.
Periodontal disease also develops when bacteria build up in your mouth. Though the microbes will first gather along your gum line, they will eventually form pockets deeper in your gums. These pockets will cause your gums to pull away from your jawbone and tooth roots.
What Happens at a Regular Cleaning?
During your cleaning, your dentist will remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar responsible for decay and gum disease. Our practitioners work very carefully. With their soft touch and attention to detail, your cleaning will not irritate your teeth or more sensitive gums.
Your cleaning will happen in conjunction with a dental exam. If your dentist diagnoses gum disease, he or she will typically recommend a deep cleaning. This procedure, which is also known as scaling and root planing, is different from a standard cleaning. During a deep cleaning, your practitioner will clean out the pockets of bacteria from your gums. He or she will also smooth the rough patches on your tooth roots.
Who Will Benefit from a Dental Cleaning?
Everyone needs dental cleanings. Parents often mistakenly believe their children are not likely to develop cavities. However, kids can actually be more vulnerable to decay than adults. Therefore, children should have their first dental visit around their first birthday or six months after their first tooth comes in. After that, parents should schedule biannual appointments for their kids.
Similarly, seniors who are missing all of their teeth often believe they do not need regular cleanings. However, though they are not subject to decay, they can still develop gum disease. In turn, this can compromise the fit and longevity of their dentures. Therefore, seniors should also schedule appointments every six months.
Note that biannual cleanings are the norm, but in some cases, you may require three or four visits a year. For example, if you already have gum disease, or if you frequently develop cavities, additional cleanings can prevent further damage.