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The Importance of Routine Teeth Cleaning

Good oral hygiene — which includes brushing after meals, flossing at least once a day, and eating a healthy diet — is essential to protecting your oral health. However, a toothbrush and floss only go so far, and professional teeth cleanings and dental exams are crucial to your long term oral health.At Haider Family Dentistry, in Salem, Oregon, Dr. Jeremy Haider and our team offer general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services for the whole family. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of routine teeth cleaning.

Why routine professional teeth cleaning matters

Brushing and flossing at home only go so far in preventing the plaque and tartar buildup that causes gum disease. According to the American Dental Association, more than 40% of Americans over age 30 have periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease. Gum disease develops in stages and gets progressively worse over time when left untreated.

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, and the most common symptom is red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. Gingivitis is fully treatable with a professional teeth cleaning, so getting to the dentist for treatment before gum problems progress is your best bet in avoiding permanent damage to the soft tissue that supports your teeth.

As gum disease progresses, it causes damage that can ultimately result in tooth loss. While it’s more prevalent as you get older, anyone can develop advanced gum disease without proper dental care.

Routine teeth cleanings allow Dr. Haider and our dental team to clear away all of the plaque and tartar buildup that your toothbrush might have missed. Even if you don’t have any symptoms and your gums look fine when you smile, a dental exam and routine teeth cleaning are an essential part of your oral health and general wellness routine.

How often do you need routine teeth cleanings?

Everyone’s oral health needs are different, but in general, most people are advised to schedule an appointment for a checkup and cleaning every six months. Our team provides gentle, thorough cleanings to remove the hardened tartar that collects on your teeth and gums over time.

During your appointment, Dr. Haider checks for signs or oral health issues like tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. He reviews your medical and family history with you and recommends the best plan to keep your teeth and gums healthy in the short and long term.

Your routine teeth cleaning appointment is also a great opportunity to monitor any changes to your smile and discuss improvements like teeth whitening.

For more information about professional teeth cleaning and preventive dentistry services to protect you from tooth decay and gum disease, contact Haider Family Dentistry today. You can call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Haider or request one online.

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