Brushing your teeth twice a day and veering away from sweet and sugary food and beverages do help to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Then again, it’s hard to do both – especially the latter. Everyone, after all, finds it very hard to say no to chocolate and soda.
Then there is the fact that particles stick to the teeth and accumulate over time. That is what dentists call Tartar. Plaque, the soft and sticky film covering the teeth’s surface, gets infested by bacteria, too.
Dental cleanings help a great deal in getting rid of that chalk-like substance which builds up on your teeth over time. You will notice this when you don’t brush your teeth for a day or two. Try scrubbing your tooth with your nail after and you will see that thick, off-white substance in your nail.
Now, imagine not brushing your teeth for a week or two. Just think about how thick the deposit could get. But here’s something worse: deposits within hard to reach crevices can harden almost as hard as your teeth, even with proper brushing.
Now here’s something even worse than that: bacteria love that! And when those germs eat the plaque and tartar, they also eat into your teeth. So when you see the brownish to blackish color on your tooth’s enamel, you can very well be sure that bacteria have proliferated already. And that discoloration is really the beginnings of decay.
This is why you need dental cleaning. This is recommended at least once every six months. Having your teeth cleaned by the dentist does not just involve regular brushing. They also include fluoride treatments, tooth scraping (and this with the right instruments), gum treatment and so many more.
Once this is done, you will feel the smoothness and cleanliness of your teeth. And you know that your oral health is well.
The video below takes us one step further, to a deep cleaning.
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