03 Oct Is It Important to have your teeth cleaned professionally?
Why it’s so important to get your teeth professionally cleaned?
Most of us brush our teeth every day, heck! Some of us even floss every day, so why do we all need our teeth professionally cleaned? The key to this question is understanding the 3 things that build-up on our teeth:
- Plaque- This often gives your teeth that ‘fury’ feeling and is basically bacteria growing on the teeth. Thankfully, this is easily removed with daily thorough brushing and flossing.
- Stains- Certain habits like smoking, drinking green or black tea or even red wine can cause a superficial brown/black staining to build-up on the teeth. This staining is harmless to the teeth but not exactly pretty to look at! The toothbrush cannot effectively remove these types of stains. At More Smiles we can polish and ultrasonic-clean the stains away. In more heavy duty cases, we also have a special tool called the ‘airflow’ that sprays water, air and a sodium bicarbonate powder to remove even the most stubborn stains.
- Calculus (also known as scale or tartar) – Is a mineralised plaque that builds-up on the teeth. It is extremely tough and grips to the teeth very strongly especially when it builds-up under the gums. The problem with calculus is that it cannot be brushed or flossed away and it irritates the gums. This leads to bleeding gums and can eventually trigger gum disease. Gum disease happens when the bone supporting the teeth dissolves away making the teeth eventually wobbly and sore. By this stage the teeth need to be pulled out by a dentist. Doing something as simple as getting the calculus removed from your teeth every 6 to 12 months can be the difference between having healthy gums and losing your teeth!
If you think your teeth are due for a thorough clean, call us at More Smiles on 5444 6166 to book in for a hygiene appointment.