Reno Dentists Discuss the Importance of Your Dental Cleaning

dental instrumentsHave you attended a dental cleaning in the past six months? If not, you are past due for one. Dental cleanings are a very important part of caring for your teeth. To learn just how important they are, read the explanation below from your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans.

Bacteria and Your Mouth

Harmful bacteria pose a significant threat to your oral health, which is why homecare is such an important part of caring for your teeth. By brushing and flossing your teeth, you can remove bacteria so that they are unable to do damage to your teeth and mouth. However, sometimes despite our best efforts, bacteria can succeed in damaging our teeth or causing other problems. Bacteria may form plaque (a clear, sticky substance) or tartar (hardened plaque), allowing them to attach themselves to teeth, and once attached, they can be very difficult to remove. From this position, these bacteria can feed on lingering sugar in the mouth and give off an acid byproduct that can damage teeth. Over time, the damage can add up, and a cavity can develop.

In addition to causing tooth decay, bacteria can also cause gum disease by traveling below the surface of the gums. Gum disease often stems from the presence of bacteria on teeth near the gum line. These bacteria then travel below the gums, where they can cause damage to the ligaments and tissues that support teeth.

Dental Cleanings vs. Bacteria

Homecare is not your only weapon in the fight against bacteria. By attending regular dental cleanings, you can benefit from the experience of a trained hygienist, who can scrape away bacteria-ridden plaque and tartar with special instruments. By removing these substances, teeth can once again be free of bacteria, lowering the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease.

Schedule a Dental Cleaning with Your Reno Dentists

Have six months passed since your last dental cleaning? If so, the time has come for a checkup. Contact our 89502 dentist office at 775-829-7700 to schedule an appointment with your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.