If I brush my teeth, why do I need a professional cleaning?
By Gordon Family Dental
January 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Cleanings  

Many people don't understand why they have to go in for a professional cleaning if they brush their teeth regularly. If you’re a dedicated brusher, doesn’t that take care of all of potential oral health concerns? Here are a few reasons why it's important to keep up your biannual appointments with Lehi dentist Dr. David Gordon, D.M.D. of Gordon Family Dental.

Dentists Can Identify Early Signs of Plaque & Tartar
As much as you may brush, you may not be successfully removing every trace of bacteria, food particles and plaque from your Cleaningteeth. If it has time to harden it becomes tartar, which can attack the enamel of the teeth. Your dentist can identify and remove plaque before it becomes a problem. In some cases a scaling and root planing may be necessary to completely clear unwanted particles, and that is not something that can be achieved with a toothbrush.

Gum Problems
Brushing helps keep your teeth clean, but what about your gums? Your gums are just as important as your teeth because they help to hold them in place. When gums separate from the teeth it is a sign of gum disease. Lehi dentist Dr. Gordon can check your gums and look at recent X-rays to ensure that you're not at risk for gum disease like gingivitis or periodontitis.

Early Diagnosis & Treatment of Other Concerns
Going to the dentist on a regular basis for professional cleanings can also help you and your dentist identify other potentially concerning conditions. For instance, the dentist uses his tools and a special light to see if the enamel of your teeth is wearing down. Dentists can also diagnose and treat concerning growths and ulcers of the mouth with a thorough visual examination. Take advantage of having a second pair of eyes on your smile during the year.

Call for Your Next Cleaning
How long has it been since your last professional cleaning at the dentist? If it's been a while, today's the day to call Lehi dentist Dr. David Gordon, D.M.D. of Gordon Family Dental at (801) 766-6344. You can also visit his website at http://www.gordonfamilydental.com to suggest an appointment time over the internet.