Clean Teeth: Take Care of That New Smile!
Take Care of That Smile! Occasionally, patients notice a bit of temporary post-placement sensitivity after any cosmetic procedures, including whitening, bonding, or other treatments. But this passes, and the lasting results are truly worthwhile. And that brings us to the next point. Once you’ve made the investment of improving your smile, you’ll want to take excellent care of it for the long run. Habits like smoking, drinking coffee, and drinking tea can really reduce the brightness of a newly white smile. While some patients choose to protect their new smiles with clear plastic sealants, others simply give up these harmful habits.
A professional dental cleaning removes dental plaque from your teeth to help prevent dental caries (cavities). If the plaque remains on your teeth (usually in places that you miss with your tooth brush), it gets hard and is called tartar (calculus). At this point, your toothbrush can’t get it off and the dental hygienist must use special instruments to loosen it up and remove it.
Don’t you just love getting a big smile from someone? It doesn’t matter whether it is from a friend or even a stranger, it just feels good. But, did you know that most people won’t smile if their teeth are not white and clean?
Most of us need to see a dental hygienist once or twice a year to get a thorough, professional cleaning. As we age, we may want to go three or four times a year to make sure that we do not develop periodontal disease (gingivitis). Periodontal disease is when you get an infection around your teeth at the gum line. Many times you are not even aware that infection and inflammation is present, but it will dissolve the bone around your teeth. If you skip your dental visits for a year or two, you may be surprised to learn that you have a tooth which is loose and may even have to be removed. That can be quite a shock, of course, (for a dog or a human) so that’s why it’s so important to stay on top of it.
We know that keeping our teeth clean is important to keep from getting cavities (dental caries) and gum infections. Keeping your teeth clean involves brushing them two or three times a day and flossing once a day. Even babies (once they get their first tooth) need to have their teeth brushed on a daily basis.
What if you don’t keep your teeth clean? Well, most of us have noticed someone with plaque and tartar on their teeth. It looks awful and it doesn’t smell very good either. That plaque and tartar is made up of bacteria and can also cause tooth decay. That can be fixed, but it is certainly easier and cheaper to prevent decay as well as gum disease than to fix it. As with most things, if you keep your teeth from breaking down in the first place (prevention) you will keep them beautiful and whole.