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Regular Dental Cleaning Goes Far Beyond Polishing Your Pearly Whites

Bright, white teeth are a symbol of health and wellness. And the flip side is also true: dingy, discolored teeth indicate something’s wrong. If you’ve put off your twice-yearly dental cleaning because you think it’s just an exercise in vanity, you might be surprised to learn exactly what happens during this important appointment and what you walk away with beyond your bright whites.

At Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, Benjamin Wang, DMD, and our team of expert dental specialists encourage all our patients to keep up with their regular dental cleanings because we know how critical it is to your overall health. In addition to whisking away stains, here’s what a professional cleaning does for you.

Best defense against cavities

Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing, you can still end up with a buildup of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is that milky white film that sticks to your teeth and harbors bacteria. If you let it stay there, it begins to seep into the surface of your teeth, where it causes cavities and progressive decay. 

And if you eat and drink acidic things, you may lose some of the precious protective enamel on the surface of your teeth, leaving them even more vulnerable to these bacteria. A professional cleaning ensures that this dangerous plaque is removed safely and completely, so you can ward off cavities.

Keeps gum disease at bay

Bacteria not only affect your teeth, but they also get into your gums and wreak havoc there as well. In its earliest stage, gum disease is called gingivitis, and it can be reversed if it’s not too severe. But the first step is to get your teeth cleaned by our team of technicians.

If you leave your gingivitis untreated, it progresses into periodontitis. If you notice tender, bleeding, swollen gums, you may have this advanced form of gum disease. Almost half the adults in the United States suffer from this preventable condition, but you don’t have to if you practice good oral hygiene and stick to your regular cleanings. 

Saves your teeth and bones

When gum disease is left to its own devices, it invades all the supportive tissues surrounding your teeth, including your gums and jaw bone. The toxic bacteria gradually destroy these structures, and, at the very least, your teeth may become loose. In the worst case scenario, 

you may have to have your tooth or teeth extracted, and you may experience significant bone loss. 

Halts your halitosis

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is often caused by the plaque, tartar, and bacteria lurking in your mouth. Even if you use mouthwash, you can’t get the stubborn toxins off your teeth by swishing and brushing alone. A professional cleaning leaves your teeth sparkling and your breath fresh.

Stave off heart disease

If you have gum disease, your risk of suffering from heart disease is up to three times higher than those with healthy gums. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why the two are related, but many theorize that the inflammation caused by gum disease taxes your immune system, and if you allow your gum disease to linger over time, it can contribute to atherosclerosis. Regular professional dental cleanings can help you prevent a serious cardiovascular event. 

Currently, we are observing the state’s policy regarding COVID-19 in order to keep you and our staff safe and healthy. As we slowly reopen our practice, we are operating with limited hours and services—both emergency and elective procedures. To confirm the latest information regarding our office policies and procedures during this time, give us a call or use the online booking tool and we’ll work to schedule your professional cleaning as soon as possible.

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