Your mother told you for years to brush your teeth in the morning, after a meal, and before you went to bed. At least, that’s how it went in a good number of households. While many in the U.S. also received the benefit of fluoride in their tap water, brushing teeth was the primary way of keeping teeth clean, removing food particles that otherwise caused embarrassing situations, and cutting down on plaque. Add in flossing at least daily, and most moms were off to a good start. They were also right too.
Regular teeth cleaning is the number one way to help prevent tooth loss, especially as one gets older. Let’s face it, our teeth last decades and can even be there into our senior years if we care for them. However, plaque and bacteria constantly attack the surface and roots, which only worsens with poor oral hygiene. In fact, plaque buildup turns into receding gum lines and periodontal disease, which exposes more teeth to attack. It can also contribute to:
Eventually, the gum line recedes, so much teeth damage and tooth loss can occur, permanently changing how a person’s mouth functions as well as its appearance. No one wants that.
Given the above, one of the key methods for cleaning is professional preventive dental cleaning. Brushing teeth and flossing, unfortunately, are not enough, even though they help tremendously in preventing a lot of buildup on teeth and in between. Professional cleaning by a dental hygienist gets in between the teeth and under the gums, where plaque like to hide and foster bacteria. A regular dental cleaning removes all this material, provides for an exam, and helps ensure your teeth last as long as possible. And, if there is a problem, the prevention approach can catch the issue early, which often is far less work and cost involved in mitigating the damage.
Dr. Cole Sutak and his dedicated team at Lone Star Smiles are committed to providing quality dental care for patients in Lubbock, TX, and nearby communities. Dr. Sutak has specialized in full-mouth smile makeovers, implants, and more; and his primary goal is to help all his patients have the smile of their dreams.
Dr. Sutak received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University in Arizona, and he continues expanding his knowledge in emerging treatments and technologies. Dr. Sutak is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Spear Education.