THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL CLEANINGS
It is important to understand just what is involved with dental cleaning. You should be offered this
treatment as routine as it helps maintain overall dental hygiene. This will not only assist in the
prevention of cavities but also helps to prevent bad breath (or halitosis), as mentioned in our previous
What to expect from dental cleaning
We would recommend visiting at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleaning. Your head, neck,
and jaw will be examined and lymph nodes checked to ensure there are no irregularities that may
require further investigation. It may also be necessary to update any x-ray records you have.
Looking for signs of gum disease
Your dentist will need to take a thorough look at your mouth for signs of any broken or missing fillings,
cavities, and gum disease. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, therefore it is important to try and
prevent it from worsening. Your dentist will use a special mirror to look at all your teeth but especially
the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Once a note of any irregularities has been made, cleaning may
Removing plaque and tartar
Whilst brushing and flossing at least twice a day is recommended by your Grande Prairie Dentist and/or hygienist, this
will not remove all plaque and if it is allowed to remain in your mouth, it will harden and turn into tartar.
Your dentist will remove both plaque and tartar to help prevent any cavities from forming. Once again,
they will use special tools for this removal.
Polish and clean
After your dentist has removed plaque and tartar, you may be offered a professional polish and clean
which will give greater protection to your teeth in the future and until your next visit.
It is really important to take good care of your teeth. Regular dental visits are a way to make sure you
are doing all you can to keep your teeth (and mouth) healthy. These visits will help to prevent gum
disease and bad breath, reduce the risk of cavities and also detect any signs of oral cancer.
It can also help with self-esteem. If you are concerned about your teeth and the way they look as well as
wondering about halitosis, a visit to your dentist can easily put your mind at ease.
After a good clean and polish, your mouth will feel much cleaner. This is an ideal opportunity for your
dentist to discuss any issues with you; perhaps your current oral hygiene routine. They may also be able
to suggest improvements to it.
Finally, as with everything to do with our general health and fitness, there appears to be a link between
good oral health and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. More studies will need to be
conducted as there are other factors to consider (smoking, for example) that may affect the results.
It makes a lot of sense to make sure you regularly attend your dental hygiene appointments. As
mentioned previously, at least twice a year.