Regular dental cleanings maintain your oral health. It's true! This simple, preventive service provided by your dentists, Drs. Nicholas Papapetros, Leo Kharin, and Jessica Ristuccia at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA, help patients of all ages avoid the ravages of decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. What happens at a routine cleaning? Find out the whys and hows below!
The hidden enemies of your teeth and gums
The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry says that human mouths absolutely swarm with bacteria—around 300 different kinds! These microbes love the carbs and sugars that we eat, and they are the ones responsible for the soft plaque and hard tartar that collects on the surface of teeth.
Over time, the acids eat holes in tooth enamel (causing cavities) and inflame and infect gum tissue (causing mild gingivitis and harmful periodontitis). If left unchecked, bacterial overgrowth can occur, leading to holes in tooth enamel, gum inflammation, tooth mobility, and tooth loss. Furthermore, scientists link gum disease to serious health conditions such as dementia, heart disease, hypertension, and more. Yes, all that comes from some germs!
What's the solution to oral bacteria?
The answer is to keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible. After all, the best allies in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease are twice a day brushing and once a day flossing.
Beyond these important habits, your professional team at Great Meadows Dental Group highly advises twice-yearly cleanings and oral examinations at our Bedford office. This is because hygienic cleanings remove the plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing alone cannot.
During these cleanings, our hygienist uses hand-held tools and ultrasonic scalers as needed to scrape away biofilms. This includes all tooth surfaces, interdental spaces, and gum line, for these are all notorious places for plaque and tartar build up. Also, your teeth will be flossed and a specialized rotary brush will be used to polish your teeth to a super smooth finish.
Yes, cleanings are important
So, why not schedule your semi-annual examination and cleaning today? Please call Great Meadows Dental Group for an appointment at (781) 275-7707.