Professional Teeth Cleanings in Missoula, MT
Professional teeth cleanings in Missoula, MT are an affordable and necessary practice if you want to maintain your smile for life.
If you’re like many people, you brush and floss before bed, always taking care to gargle. Maybe you do the same each morning. Unfortunately, this is not enough to combat stubborn bacteria and tartar that can lead to gum disease, cavities, and dental emergencies.
The American Dental Association recommends teeth cleanings at least twice per year to maintain healthy teeth across the ages. If you’re prone to cavities or have signs of gum disease, this teeth cleaning timeframe may not even be enough, and our top Missoula, MT dentist may recommend additional teeth cleanings or sealants and fluoride rinses to see you through.
Why Twice Yearly Teeth Cleanings Are Important
Most patients need regular dental hygiene visits twice yearly to address plaque and calculus (also known as tartar) buildup that causes minor gum inflammation (gingivitis) and the development of decay.
Remember, even with really good brushing and flossing, most patients will have a buildup of plaque and calculus. And these things can only be effectively removed by a trained dental hygienist. See the following video for further explanation on gingivitis:
If gingivitis is not kept in check with regular dental hygiene visits, then it can worsen into periodontal disease. See this video next:
In our dental office, we have found that patients who follow dental cleaning recommendations have fewer instances of cavities, gum infections, periodontal disease, and dental emergencies.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Once periodontal disease sets in, extra care is needed to prevent worsening of your gum health and the loosening of your teeth. In very advanced cases, gum infections and tooth loss are common. Additionally, untreated periodontal disease may lead to systemic health issues because periodontal ligament infections can spread anywhere.
The symptoms of periodontal disease may include any of the following:
- Bad breath
- Toothaches—more so when chewing
- Periodic swelling
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums—may make teeth appear longer
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
In early disease—gingivitis—the symptoms may be subtle and overlooked, which is why it is important to have twice-yearly teeth cleanings. Our dental hygienist will always spot the telltale signs of gingivitis and alert our Missoula, MT dentist. Treatment for gingivitis is far less invasive than the deep cleanings—below the gumline—associated with full-blown periodontal disease.
The biggest difference in treating periodontal disease vs. gingivitis, in fact, is that with gingivitis plaque, calculus, and toxins are removed primarily from above the gumline. With periodontal disease, the focus shifts to diligently removing those same bad things from below the gumline. See this video for more information:
Our Goals for Your Oral Health
It is our goal to eliminate periodontal disease in Missoula, MT. This starts with encouraging patients to visit the dentist regularly and scheduling and keeping twice-yearly teeth cleaning appointments.
If you have not visited our dental office in a while, or if you’re new to the area, our dentist is taking new patients, and our hygienist would love to start you on twice-yearly teeth cleanings in Missoula, MT.