Adult & Child Teeth Cleaning
Teeth cleanings are essential not just for clean teeth, but a healthy mind and body as well. In a routine dental visit, there’s lots that people don’t know about. Here’s what you should know and what you should expect out of your next teeth cleaning.
Why Teeth Cleanings Are Necessary
1.) To prevent diseases in the rest of the body like heart disease, dementia, complications of diabetes and stroke.
2.) To prevent tooth loss.
You might know if there is cancer or heart disease in your family in case your doctor asks — and gum disease family history is just as important. Find out what type of gum disease and how severe. There’s a strong genetic predilection for gum disease and this information can help your dentist with your teeth cleanings and overall care.
We all have bacteria in our mouths and certain dental treatments can allow that bacteria to enter the bloodstream (called bacteremia). For most of us, this isn’t a problem. A healthy immune system prevents these bacteria from causing any harm. When you have a teeth cleaning, it is common for the bacteria that are in your mouth can get into the bloodstream after the procedure. This is very common, well-known, and safe — if you’re healthy. For certain groups of people, there is concern that this bacteremia could cause an infection elsewhere in the body. An antibiotic makes sure you cover all your bases. The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has set up standards of what health issues need an antibiotic for dental treatment.
Regular teeth cleanings twice a year are important to maintain your oral hygiene and keep you healthy. If you are a little nervous about your teeth cleaning, just know you have nothing to worry about. Our Idaho Falls dentistry takes pride in placing our patient’s comfort first as they receive a thorough teeth cleaning. You are in good hands! Make sure to schedule an appointment for your teeth cleaning today with Machen Family Dentistry.