Dental cleanings are a vital part of good oral health and hygiene. When the cleanings are performed regularly at a dental office, they offer an array of health benefits that patients might not even realize. Between visits, patients need to clean the teeth and gums at home with regular brushing and flossing. Even then, areas may be missed that leave patients at risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay. Our team at Broadway Family Dentistry can educate patients on the many health benefits of regular dental cleanings every six months as advised by the American Dental Association (ADA).
How dental cleanings benefit health
There are several reasons why patients need to have dental cleanings done, and below are just a few of the way in which they can improve one’s oral health:
- Gum health. It is no surprise that dental cleanings can help with the health of the soft tissues of the mouth. Conditions such as gum disease start here, so keeping the gums healthy can reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease that can damage the smile.
- Tooth health. Keeping the teeth clean can eliminate the risk of plaque, tartar, and calculus that can contribute to cavities and, if left untreated, extensive decay that might require dental extractions. During a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist uses specialized tools to remove this from the teeth and gums and keep the smile healthy.
- Overall health. Did you know that an infection in your mouth can contribute to an infection in your body? Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that starts in the gums and can spread throughout the mouth. The bacteria can also enter the bloodstream and carry to other parts of the body, starting unwanted inflammation. Patients with periodontal disease may be at a higher risk for strokes, heart disease, and diabetes.
Find out more about the advantages of routine dental cleanings
A full evaluation and cleaning of the teeth is often done during recall visits to the dentist every six months. Patients should maintain these appointments to keep their smiles healthy! Call Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND at (701) 839-1299 to request a cleaning. The practice is located at 1839 South Broadway Street and accepts new patients and families.