Keeping your teeth clean is not difficult. But when should you have your dentist clean your teeth?
Oral health is one of the most underrated aspects of a person’s overall health. If you ignore the condition of your teeth and gums, it could lead to a myriad of issues.
Gingival disease is often caused by plaque buildup. The best way to remove it is to brush your teeth twice a day. However, no matter how well you clean your teeth, there will always be hard-to-reach areas that are hard to keep clean. In these areas, bacterial plaque can accumulate and become mineralized, forming a hard deposit known as calculus or tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing. If it is not removed, more plaque may accumulate around the teeth or even under the gum, leading to the progression of gingival disease.
Without a professional cleaning, tartar and plaque could build up, discolor your teeth, affect your gums and bone, and lead to decay or tooth loss.
To reduce the risk of gum disease or to prevent it from getting worse, it is recommended to have your teeth cleaned once or twice per year. Depending on the condition of your teeth, the time a cleaning takes can vary. But usually, the whole appointment can last between 30 minutes and an hour.