Monday April 28 2014

Let a dentist clean your teeth

 A routine professional cleaning of

A routine professional cleaning of the teeth helps you to identify any dental problems. file photo 

By Richard Kabanda

Every day, you probably brush your teeth devotedly in pursuit of a white shiny smile. But no matter how vigorously you do it, you will not be able to remove all the plaque and tartar that buildup in the teeth. However, with the services of a dentist, you can achieve white, clean teeth.

Why it is important
Prevention of gum disease is the major reason you should always undergo professional teeth cleaning. Not only is gum disease associated with poor oral health and damaged teeth, it also leads to a host of other health problems.
Besides preventing gum-related diseases, having your teeth professionally cleaned keeps them healthy from decay and tooth loss, especially in adults. With healthy teeth, you are able to chew food properly, and this ultimately leads to good health.

Early detection of decay
Another advantage of having your teeth professionally cleaned is that the dentist is able to detect any dental problems early enough and treat them. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.

Maintain good oral health
Your dentist will carry out visual examination and compare it with your previous dental check-ups. If you are falling off track on good oral hygiene, the dentist will advise you accordingly.

Enhances good smile
By having your teeth professionally cleaned, the dentist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains that a daily tooth brush cleaning cannot remove. Polishing the teeth also gives it a new, beautiful shine.

Prevents bad breath
Most persistent bad breath is associated with poor oral hygiene. Therefore, professional cleaning improves the breath.

Helps maintain good physical health
A professional dental cleanup helps keep your teeth and gums healthy and could also reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.
This is because the bacteria in gum have been linked to heart diseases, stroke and diabetes.
When bacterial by-products in unhealthy gums enter the bloodstream, they trigger the liver to produce proteins that cause inflammation with negative effects in the body system.

The writer is a dentist