Visiting your local Newport Beach, California, dentist for a professional teeth cleaning is one of the best (and easiest) things you can do for oral health. Brushing and flossing from home cannot simply clean 100 percent of your mouth. Recent surveys show that only 58 percent of Americans visit their local dentist for these routine appointments. Dr. Stephen Alfano and the team at Balboa Island Dentistry would like to share why getting your teeth cleaned by a dental professional, the recommended two times a year, is so important.
While it may seem trivial, getting your teeth cleaned is so important. Skipping these routine appointments can result in detrimental results over time. When you neglect your dental health by missing these appointments, your dentist cannot perform the necessary preventative care to ensure your teeth, gums, and mouth remain healthy. What follows are some oral health conditions you may experience by missing your twice-a-year dental cleanings and examinations.
Plaque: The buildup of plaque is a serious issue. Once plaque begins to build up, it takes just 48 hours before it will begin to harden. By the 12th day, it will become a substance called tartar. This hard substance can only be removed by a dental professional. When allowed to remain, it can lead to tooth decay, cavities, chronic bad breath, gum disease, and more.
Cavities: Cavities can result from many things, but for most of us, it is a combination of the things we eat and poor oral hygiene. You can also add missed teeth cleanings to the list. When you schedule and make it in for your biannual dental cleanings, any early signs of decay can be detected, existing plaque and tartar can be removed, and your mouth can be thoroughly examined for any other issues.
Other issues you can expect to encounter from missed cleanings include: