Every day, as you eat and drink, plaque and bacteria are building up inside of your mouth. As food gets stuck between teeth and begins to break down, it eats away at the enamel of your teeth, leading to cavities. The same thing happens when you drink soda, carbonated beverages, and sports drinks. The sugar and acid from the drink starts to erode enamel. This erosion of enamel leads to cavities.
While daily brushing, flossing and mouth-washing can help; regular dental cleanings are still necessary to get anything that your normal tooth care routine has missed.
Having your teeth cleaned is a quick, and painless appointment that benefits both your smile and the health of your teeth. The removal of bacteria on your teeth and gum line helps prevent bone loss, cavities, gingivitis, oral cancer, and gum disease. It can also help prevent bad breath and discoloration of teeth.
Sometimes, when it’s been a while since your teeth were last cleaned, you may require a more in-depth form of cleaning. The doctor or hygienist would discuss these procedures with you at your dental exam.