Teeth Cleaning Tampa, FL

Millions of people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Dental decay, gum disease, and trauma are the primary causes of tooth loss. Two causes – decay and periodontal (gum) disease – can be prevented with good oral hygiene practices and regular visits to your Tampa dentist and hygienist.

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Why Regular Cleanings Are So Important to Your Health

There are two main reasons why dental cleanings are so important.

Maintain Good Oral Health

Gum disease can result in painful infections, loose teeth, and tooth loss. The CDC estimates that over 47% of Americans have gum disease. Because of its prevalence, many believe they’re not meant to keep their teeth for a lifetime. Losing teeth and getting dentures are a part of life and getting older.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Your Tampa dentist can successfully treat periodontal disease, arresting it to prevent tooth loss. However, with regular, preventative dental cleanings, you can actually reverse gum disease (if you are still in the initial stage, called gingivitis) – or prevent it altogether.

Just imagine that! Living your entire life with all your natural teeth, eating whatever you want, and enjoying your unique, beautiful smile for decades. It is possible with good dental hygiene at home and regular teeth cleaning in Tampa.

Promote Good Overall Health

Another reason to invest in a preventative treatment like regular professional dental cleanings is that it keeps your body healthy.

For a long time, some in the healthcare community didn’t recognize the connection between oral and general physical health. Thankfully, researchers took the time to study the effects of gum disease on overall health and found that people with periodontal disease are at an increased risk of other diseases.

Why is this good news? It’s because we now know that with routine preventative dental care, we can promote better health. We can reduce the risk of things like:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Difficulty controlling blood sugar levels
  • Pregnancy complications

What Is a Professional Teeth Cleaning?

A teeth cleaning in Tampa is a preventative dental service that supports your oral health routine at home.

While daily homecare (brushing twice a day, daily flossing) helps remove the bacteria and food debris that contribute to dental diseases, that’s not enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Even the best home care routine won’t help eliminate all the bacteria in your mouth or the plaque it creates. Brushing and flossing remove plaque between the teeth and the surfaces of your teeth. However, they’re not always enough to remove the plaque around the gum line. If that’s not removed, it will eventually calcify, turning into a substance called tartar.

Tartar is so hard that it cannot be removed with brushing or flossing. Only professional dental instruments can remove this type of build-up. If it’s left untreated, the tartar will continue to trap bacteria on your teeth and under the gumline, where it will destroy the enamel (dental decay) and cause a gum infection called periodontal disease.

A professional teeth cleaning is the best way to remove this build-up and protect your teeth and gums.

What to Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning in Tampa

During your appointment, your Tampa dentist, hygienist, or assistant will start by reviewing your health history and taking any necessary x-rays.

Then, they’ll start the cleaning using hand scalers, instruments that help break up and scrape away the plaque and tartar. Your provider might also use an ultrasonic scaler to help break up the tartar faster and more comfortably.

Once all the tartar and plaque have been removed, your hygienist will finish with a gentle teeth polishing. Coronal polishing helps remove any residual plaque and extrinsic stain. Afterward, your teeth will feel smooth and look brighter.

Begin Your Journey to Better Health

You can reduce your risk of tooth loss with regular dental cleanings from your Tampa dentist or hygienist.

In addition to developing good dental home care habits, you can also protect your teeth and gums by visiting your dentist every six months. Investing in preventative dental services isn’t just an investment in your oral health, it’s an investment in your overall health as well.

Just a small investment of your time each year with your Tampa dentist can help reduce your risk of tooth loss, dental pain, heart disease, respiratory diseases, and more.

Are you ready to begin your journey to better health? We’re ready to help!

Contact our team to schedule a new patient examination and professional teeth cleaning in Tampa today!

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