Eight reasons to have a dental cleaning.


Pasadena Texas Dental cleanings

Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check-ups and dental cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.

IMG_0063-Small-300x2251. To Prevent Gum Disease:

Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone. Gum disease is the leading causes of adult tooth loss.

If the gum disease is diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. This advanced gum disease results in tooth loss.

Regular dental cleanings, check-ups, flossing daily and brushing three times a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.

2. To Prevent Oral Cancer:

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer, every hour in the United States alone. We visually check for oral cancer and also use the Velscope to look for abnormal tissue.

3. To Keep Your Teeth:

Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental check-ups and cleanings, brushing and flossing are vital to keeping your teeth. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health.

4. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health:

Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease. For patients with healthy gum tissue a dental cleaning every 6 months helps to keep teeth and gums healthy.

Implant-Bridge-5x85-Small-300x2255. To Detect Dental Problems Early:

Dr. Nugent will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. Dr. Nugent has the best technology possible to help detect problems. These technologies include: digital X-rays, diagnodent (cavity detecting laser) and Velscope (oral cancer detection)

6. To Have a Bright and White Smile:

Your dental hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile! For the best possible teeth whitening you can have bleaching trays made. Bleaching trays are the BEST way to have a dazzling white smile.

7. To Maintain Good Oral Health:

Our amazing hygienists will help to ensure that you are maintaining good oral health by visual examination and reviewing your previous dental check-ups.

8. To Prevent Bad Breath:

Dental studies show that about 85% of people with persistent bad breath ( halitosis) have a dental problem that is to blame.

Good oral hygiene is vital in preventing bad breath. Regular check-ups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.

Is it even necessary to have a dental cleaning?

Preventive care measures such as dental cleanings are essential for a healthy mouth. Preventive dental care will save you from incurring additional costs for treating oral health issues. If you haven’t had a professional cleaning in a while, you should schedule one.

What exactly is a dental cleaning?

A teeth cleaning goes above and beyond what your toothbrush can do at home to remove plaque and keep your mouth healthy. Our dental hygienists begin by using a small metal device called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, followed by a thorough cleaning of all your teeth’s surfaces. Your hygienists then polishs your teeth with a paste to give a smooth surface. Lastly, the hygienists flosses between your teeth to clean the surfaces that are in contact with each other and are not accessible through polishing or scaling.

The Risks of Not Getting Your Teeth Cleaned on a Regular Basis

Even if you’re an expert at home tooth brushing and flossing, it’s critical to visit the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. Plaque that accumulates in difficult-to-reach corners of your mouth will harden into tartar over time. Tartar is only removed by a professional, which is why regular teeth cleanings are so important. Tartar, if left unchecked, can cause tooth decay, cavities, gum tissue erosion, gum disease, and other issues. Gum disease, commonly known as periodontitis, causes swelling and bleeding in the mouth and can lead to tooth loss early in life. Routine cleanings assist to prevent this problem and enable your dentist to spot disease early on, when it is easier to treat. During routine cleanings, dentists can also detect early signs of oral cancer, making it significantly easier to treat and cure.

The Advantages of Teeth Cleaning

Aside from the capacity to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems, regular teeth cleanings can also freshen your breath and give you a brighter smile. Routine teeth cleanings help remove stains that dull and darken your teeth, such as coffee, tobacco, or other product stains.

When It’s Time to Get Your Teeth Cleaned

We recommend that you have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year. If you have gum disease  you may need to come in every three months. A complete teeth cleaning and dental inspection every six months removes buildup before it creates big problems and allows Dr. Nugent to detect problems before it becomes severe. Patients who are at high risk for dental disease, on the other hand, may require more frequent tooth cleanings. If you smoke, are pregnant, have gum disease, have diabetes, or frequently have cavities, you may be at a higher risk for dental disease and might benefit from more frequent cleanings.

See why so many patients travel from all over the greater Pasadena, Texas area to come to Dr. Nugent. Call our office at 713-941-8261 for your award winning dental appointment.  Our office is located at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504.