Teeth cleanings are essential not just for clean teeth, but your overall health as well. Problems in your mouth can cause or even act as an indicator of disease in other parts of your body — including dementia and heart disease.
Dental cleanings are an essential part of keeping your mouth, and the rest of your body, disease-free. A professional teeth cleaning is done by one of our hygienists at Fair Lawn Dental Associates. Your hygienist uses tools to remove tartar from your teeth — both above and below where the gum meets the tooth.
Your hygienist will explain what work is being done, why it’s being done, and why your teeth may be sensitive or why your gums are bleeding. Dental cleanings gently remove plaque, calculus and stains from the tooth structures. A dental cleaning also includes removal of tartar and plaque as well as having the teeth polished to remove stains and further buildups of plaque.
WHY TEETH CLEANINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
It is important to get your teeth cleaned for a couple of reasons:
- To prevent heart disease, dementia, and complications of diabetes
- To prevent tooth loss
The mouth is one of the most active parts of our body since we use it to consume the food we eat and the talking we do all day long. Therefore it requires special care.
Teeth cleanings remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. This buildup is for the most part natural — kind of like how a boat picks up barnacles just by being in the ocean. But too much plaque and tartar buildup leads to gum disease.
Tartar needs to be removed because your body sees it as a foreign substance. As with any other foreign substance, like a virus or an infection, your body uses its immune system to fight off the infection.
Gum disease occurs when your body’s immune system is responding to tartar buildup with inflamed and bleeding gums. The immune system successfully kills off infection and flu bugs, but can also cause damage to the bone and tissues in your mouth.
Since your immune system is meant only to fight off infection for a short period of time — chronic activation of the immune system means it can get worn out and it won’t be as strong to fight off an illness. Chronic activation of your immune system can lead to diseases in the rest of your body.
That’s why preventing gum disease reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease, and dementia. At a certain stage, this damage can be irreversible. Therefore prevention is the best way to maintain overall health and keep beautiful teeth for a lifetime. Dental cleanings are a critical piece of this prevention.