Dentist keeps West Ashley smiles healthy with professional teeth cleaning
A short walk through the toothpaste aisle at your local drugstore will show you there’s no shortage of products promising to provide you with a healthier, whiter smile. Some products even claim to give you professional results. Unfortunately, these products are not a substitute for a professional cleaning in your dentist’s office. Regardless of how faithful you are about brushing twice a day, you simply can’t brush away all of the plaque and tartar that are on your teeth.
With a professional cleaning, performed by a trained dental hygienist you can be sure that tartar and plaque are removed from your teeth. Following a professional cleaning your teeth feel smooth, clean, and polished; however, there are other benefits you can’t see.
First, professional cleanings help to keep gum disease at bay. Not only can gum disease cause you to have painful swollen or bleeding gums, it can also lead to other medical problems, such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes.
In addition, professional cleanings give you the opportunity to have a dental professional examine your teeth and gums. Your hygienist will be able to tell if your at-home dental care is effective or if you need to make changes to your technique, frequency, or use different products. Additionally, because cleanings are part of a dental exam, your dentist will examine your mouth to see if there are any potential or budding issues in your teeth or gums. Often, caught early, dental issues can be treated faster and easier. For example, early signs of gum disease can be reversed with better at home care.
While at home cleanings cannot replace professional teeth cleanings, it is important to be diligent every day as well. Working together with your dental team, you can ensure that your teeth stay clean and white, your mouth stays healthy, and your smile stays happy. Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry is committed to providing gentle and thorough care to every patient. Cleanings and checkups are only a small portion of the services he and his team provide; however, good preventative care reduces your need for restorative or cosmetic dental treatment. To schedule an appointment for a dental checkup or cleaning, call today.Back to Teeth Whitening Page