By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
July 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Cleanings  

Do you schedule regular teeth cleaning appointments with your Florham Park, NJ, dentist, Dr. Mark Gleckner? Cleanings offer a simple way to protect your sparkling smile.

How you benefit from teeth cleaning

Making time for teeth cleanings offers these advantages:

  • Fewer Cavities: Plaque, a sticky, transparent film full of bacteria, constantly covers your teeth and gums. If you eat sugary foods or foods high in carbohydrates (like bread, chips, or pasta), a chemical reaction occurs that creates acids. These acids are so strong that they begin to damage your tooth enamel, causing cavities. Dental cleanings remove plaque from hard-to-reach places that you may have missed when you brushed and flossed.
  • Healthier Gums: Plaque increases your risk of gum disease, as does tartar. Tartar is a hard gray/brown substance that forms when plaque remains on the teeth too long. The deposit can appear in as little as 10 days. Both plaque and tartar irritate and inflame the gums and can cause gum disease. If gum disease isn't treated promptly, it can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, cleanings get rid of plaque and tartar before they can cause gum disease. If you have gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, a cleaning could improve the health of your gums.
  • A More Attractive Smile: Stains on teeth are unavoidable yet make your smile look dull. A dental cleaning removes surface stains, improving your appearance. If your smile is still a little dull, teeth whitening treatment can be helpful.
  • Better Health: The presence of inflammation and bacteria in your mouth can have an impact on your general health. In fact, if you have gum disease, your risk of stroke or heart attack is two to three times higher than people with healthy gums, according to Harvard Health Publishing. In addition to increasing your stroke and heart attack risk, bacteria and inflammation in the mouth may also play a role in diabetes, dementia, and premature labor. Luckily, regular cleanings at the Florham Park, NJ, dental office can help you protect your health.

Is it time to make a tooth cleaning appointment? Call your dentist in Florham Park, NJ, Dr. Gleckner, at (973) 377-1174 to schedule your visit.

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