No matter how diligent anyone is at taking care of his or her mouth, a dentist is the only one who can truly clean the mouth thoroughly. Harmful bacteria grow in the mouth no matter how often one brushes and flosses. While bacteria growth in the mouth is completely normal, leaving it untreated can cause serious oral and overall health problems. It is important for everyone to visit the dentist on a regular basis in order for the teeth to be properly cleaned. Dentists have special tools used to remove plaque and bacteria that can be harmful to the teeth, gums, and entire mouth.
Plaque is a film that is formed from the colonies of bacteria in the mouth that covers the teeth. Plaque produces an acid which is destructive to the teeth and gums when it is not regularly removed. Tartar forms from plaque that is not properly removed. When plaque calcifies and mineralizes into a hard substance, this is known as tartar. Tartar promotes the growth of more harmful bacteria and begins the destructive process of gum disease and tooth decay.
A professional dental cleaning is essential to ensure a healthy mouth. Dentists use professional tools used to deep clean the gums and surface of the teeth. These tools help to loosen and remove plaque and tartar from the teeth to protect the mouth from decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone visit the dentist at least once a year for a routine exam and teeth cleaning. By keeping regular appointments, build up of tooth damaging plaque and tartar can be removed to promote a healthy, beautiful mouth.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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