When was the last time you had a dental cleaning? If it was more than six months ago, you are due for another. Regular cleanings play an important role in maintaining oral health. But do you know why they are so useful when it comes to cavity prevention? Read the information below provided by your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, to find out.
Bacteria and Cavities
Have you heard people say that sugar rots your teeth? In the strictest sense, this phrase is not exactly accurate. The sugar itself is not responsible for the decay. Rather, it feeds harmful bacteria, which produce an acid that damages teeth. These bacteria are also capable of attaching themselves to teeth by forming plaque (a clear, sticky film) and tartar (hardened plaque). Both substances are difficult to remove from teeth, allowing the bacteria to stick around and do concentrated damage. If enough damage accumulates, a cavity can form, necessitating a dental filling.
If, however, a dental filling is not placed, the situation will become more and more perilous for the tooth. The bacteria can delve deeper into the tooth, compromising its structural integrity and putting the tooth in danger of cracking or breaking. The bacteria may also burrow into the tooth’s pulp, which they can infect, putting the life of the entire tooth at risk.
Dental Cleanings and Cavity Prevention
What makes dental cleanings so important in cavity prevention is that during a cleaning, teeth are cleaned by a trained professional with access to special instruments. These instruments allow the hygienist to rid teeth of plaque and tartar that a toothbrush may be unable to remove. Without these substances on teeth, the risk of tooth decay is lowered, and oral health improves.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning with Your Polk City Dentist
Are you due for a dental cleaning? If so, contact your Polk City dentist, Dr. Hussong, today by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001 to schedule an appointment or a consultation. Located in the 50226 area, we proudly welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.