Our Cleanings Are All-Pro
People sometimes are dismissive of the need for professional cleanings. They assume that brushing and flossing at home is equal to the task of keeping their teeth clean, so they make their visits to dentists such as Kalil & Kress occasional at best.
That’s risky for the health of your teeth, your gums, and your overall oral health. Here’s why.
1. Plaque turns into tartar.
Most people don’t understand how that off-white stuff builds up between their teeth and on the lower inside surfaces. This is tartar. It starts as plaque, the sticky film that is constantly building on our teeth, and that we remove when we brush and floss. For most people, no matter how diligent a brusher and flosser, you will build up some tartar at certain spots. This process can happen in just a day if you don’t brush and floss or if you do a poor job. But even if you do a good job, it still will build up to some degree in about six months. That’s why we specify coming in for professional cleanings every six months. You can’t get tartar off your teeth, and it will soon start moving under your gums.
2. Head off gum disease early.
When tartar starts to accumulate in certain corners of your mouth, the gums surrounding your teeth can become inflamed, and this will eventually lead to gum disease. If left untreated, this disease can cause tooth and bone loss. During your routine exams and cleanings, we check for the early signs of gum disease because catching and addressing it early is the key.
3. Oral cancer can be right under your nose, literally.
Like gum disease, part of our regular exam protocol is looking for the early signs of oral cancer. You know when we pull your tongue and check your glands and other tests? Those are checks for oral cancer, and, obviously, you want to catch that early, and you won’t see the signs at home.
4. Your oral health can go way out of track.
Early diagnosis is early treatment. For dental issues, this not only can save you thousands of dollars, but it can save your teeth. You may think you’re doing a bang-up job at home, but we may see evidence that says otherwise. We keep a running record of your dental health. Have your gums receded since the last visit? Has that crack in a tooth become worse? We check for everything and keep an eye on any issues.
Professional dental cleanings and dental exams with the team at Kalil & Kress can seem like an optional task on your to-do list, but in the long run, your teeth will thank you for making those visits mandatory.
Is it time for your next exam? Call us at (603) 880-7004 to schedule your appointment.