Your smile is one of your most distinguishing features and one of the first things others notice about you. Taking care of it can significantly impact your appearance, self-esteem, and social life. Regular cleanings and check-ups prevent plaque from building up on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that harbors bacteria that can eat away at tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Skipping these regular cleanings and check-ups can cause plaque to become thicker, denser, and more challenging to remove. Dental cleanings, also known as dental prophylaxis, are routine cleanings performed by our dentist or dental hygienist at Southdale Dental Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. While these cleanings are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing dental issues, they are often performed simply as a preventative measure against dental problems.
The Benefits of Prophylaxis
Teeth cleaning can improve your oral health and the appearance of your smile. It would help if you had your teeth cleaned by a dentist at least twice a year. The benefits of dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) depend on your oral habits and habits relating to nutrition. People who take great care of their teeth and mouths benefit from prophylaxis because it removes much of the build-up and plaque from their teeth and can prevent more severe consequences. Your teeth cleaning appointment will include scaling and polishing. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from your teeth, and polishing helps remove stains. Scaling and polishing can make your teeth look and feel cleaner and brighter.
How Often Do I Need to Be Checked?
Most patients should be seen for a professional cleaning between one and three times per year. However, some patients may need frequent cleanings due to certain risk factors.
For example, if you show early signs of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush or floss, you may be advised to come in for more frequent cleanings. Likewise, if your teeth are crowded or if your oral hygiene habits are poor, you may also need more frequent cleanings.
Your dental hygienist may recommend dental prophylaxis, also known as a dental cleaning, every six months. This routine visit will remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas. Your dental hygienist will also polish your teeth, leaving you with a brighter smile.
Regular prophylaxis appointments are crucial to maintaining good oral health. Southdale Dental Kingston, Jamaica West Indies is located in Southdale Dental, Shop 8, E. Southdale Plaza, 3 South Ave, Kingston 10, Jamaica, 00010, or call (876) 929-3312 for the best dental care.