It is easy to skip a dental cleaning appointment. What’s another six months or a year — your teeth probably feel fine, right? Unfortunately for many, one year can turn into two, five, and longer leading some to deal with dental conditions that are expensive and painful, and could have been easily avoided if they would have come in for their annual dental cleaning. One of those conditions that can be easily avoided is cavities. 

Keep reading to learn why regular dental hygiene and dental cleaning can help you avoid cavities, and be sure to visit our website to book an appointment with Wesley Chapel’s Top Rated Local Dentist. Don’t have insurance? No problem! We offer a Dental Savings Plan. Learn more here

What is a Cavity?

Cavities, also known as dental carriers, are holes in your teeth that result from tooth decay. Food that is left on your teeth is eaten and digested by the bacteria that lives in your mouth. The debris from the bacteria then turns into acid which then mixes with your saliva to create plaque. Plaque sticks to the surface of our teeth and because of its acidity, corrodes and breaks down the outer layer (enamel) part of your tooth causing holes to form which are cavities. 

How Can A Dental Cleaning Prevent A Cavity?

Dental cleanings aren’t just to make your teeth look good. They are essential for keeping your mouth, your gums, and teeth healthy. 

Removes Tartar

Tartar is plaque that has been left on teeth and as a result, has mineralized and can lead to cavities. During your cleaning appointment, hygienists use tools such as an ultrasonic scaler to gently remove tartar. The scaler vibrates which helps to remove the tartar while water used during the procedure washes the tartar away. 

Even if you brush your teeth everyday, having plague and tartar removed during a dental cleaning is a must. Plaque often builds up in hard-to-reach places that are impossible for us to clean while brushing, or we consistently miss while brushing. 

Smooths Tooth Surface

During a dental cleaning, after tartar has been removed and the hygienist has likely flossed your teeth, they will probably recommend a polishing treatment. During this treatment a paste is applied to a rubber head of a polishing tool which then gently vibrates on the surface of your teeth. During the treatment, minor stains are removed revealing a smooth beautiful tooth. Because of the now smooth exterior of your tooth, there are fewer places for bacteria and plaque to easily form which lowers your chance of cavities. 

Strengthen Enamel

Fluoride treatments can help to strengthen your enamel, which can not only lead to healthier teeth, but can also help your teeth protect themselves from cavities; a stronger enamel, resistant to acid means, it’s harder for cavities to form. A fluoride treatment is usually applied at the end of your appointment and may come in the form of a gel, foam, varish, or rinse. 

Prevents Periodontal Disease

Periodontal or gum disease is a result of plaque accumulation along the gum line which can lead to poor gum health, as well as cavities along the gum line. During a cleaning, a dental hygienist can not only observe the health of your gums, but can also help prevent cavities in these hard to reach places. Crooked or crowded teeth are more susceptible to gum disease and these types of cavities. 

Monitor Dental Health

During a cleaning the dentist will also take a good look at your mouth and make sure that your gums, teeth, and other tissues are healthy and clean. They can often help you prevent a cavity by finding susceptible areas and other factors that could lead to a cavity in the future.  

Check On Old Fillings

During your cleaning and exam the hygienist and the dentist will likely check on old fillings and crowns to make sure they are still secure and protecting your teeth. Overtime fillings and crowns can break down depending on the type of material they are made out of, the types of foods we eat, and other factors. If old fillings that aren’t doing their job are left alone, it could lead to a cavity or to other serious conditions. 

Can Help You Adapt a Healthier Lifestyle 

Not only will having a clean, healthy mouth be motivating to keep it up after regular dental hygiene, but your local dentist can also make suggestions regarding your lifestyle that could also make a difference in your dental health. Research is finding that our dental health can affect our overall health as well as our overall health can have implications on our dental health. Adopting a healthier lifestyle and keeping up with good dental hygiene can help to decrease the effects of some diseases while enhancing your dental health, and the benefits of a dental cleaning.   

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