Your teeth collect plaque and tartar buildup over time. While you can remove plaque with regular brushing and flossing, tartar can only be removed during a professional cleaning. That’s one of many reasons regular visits to the dentist are recommended.
Maintaining healthy teeth is a marathon, not a sprint. But what can just 1 cleaning improve?
1. Amount of Plaque
One cleaning can remove plaque from hard to reach areas. Left to build up on teeth, plaque can become hard. Referred to as calculus or tartar, it’s too stubborn to be removed with a manual toothbrush. Hygienists must use periodontal scalers to remove calculus buildup.
2. Shade of Teeth
Morning coffee + evening wine = surface stains. Hygienists use professional pastes that can remove 35% more stains than at-home brushing. The staining is typically most intense in those areas that are hardest to keep clean, like near the gum line.
3. Quality of Breath
Concentrations of odor-causing bacteria dropped from 75% to 25% after 1 professional cleaning, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Bacteria like to hide in your mouth’s hard-to-reach crannies. Less oxygen reaches those areas, causing bad breath. A cleaning removes deposits on teeth that harbor bacteria. If your smile smells on a regular basis, your dentist can help identify the underlying condition.
You’ll notice the difference after just 1 one cleaning, but make them part of your ongoing oral health routine by visiting the dentist regularly.