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Why your Bi-Annual Dental Cleaning is Important

A woman is having a professional dental cleaning.

Brushing, flossing, and mouth-washing are the basics of healthy oral hygiene. And we do it every day! However, it's important to remember that regular professional teeth cleanings are equally essential. At Northland Village Dental Centre in NW Calgary, our experts emphasize the importance of preventive care for oral health. We recommend bi-annual dental cleanings for everyone, from young children to adults and seniors. These cleanings are not just about polishing the teeth but are a crucial step in preserving a healthy smile and preventing potential problems in the future.


Safeguarding Your Oral Ecosystem

Our mouth is a busy little world full of bacteria. Some bacteria are harmless, but others are nothing less than the bad guys that cause significant harm! The harmful bacteria are the leading cause of plaque and tartar buildup. Brushing and flossing every day are super important to keep everything in balance. But even if you're a brushing and flossing champ, you might miss spots like behind your teeth and along your gum line. That's where professional dental cleaning comes to the rescue, helping you eliminate the harmful buildup before it causes any damage.


Combating the Threat: Plaque and Tartar Removal

We’ve all heard about plaque and how bad it is for our teeth. But what is plaque, and how is it built? Plaque is a film that sticks to teeth within a few hours of eating. This film is home to bacteria that can produce acids that attack tooth enamel and cause cavities if left unchecked. Plaque becomes tartar (calculus) if it isn't removed within a day or two. Tartar is not easily removed by brushing, unlike plaque. This buildup can be effectively removed before it causes problems through regular dental cleanings, typically recommended every six months.


Protecting Your Gums: The Importance of Early Detection

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is an infection that affects the gums and surrounding bone. It is common to go unnoticed early, leading to significant health problems like tooth loss. Systemic health problems like heart disease can even be caused by it. However, professional cleanings are a good way to prevent gum disease by removing plaque and tartar buildup that irritates the gums.


Successful treatment of gum disease requires early detection. When performing your bi-annual cleaning, the hygienists will examine for signs of gum disease in its early stages, when it can be treated with minimal intervention. Taking this proactive approach can safeguard you against discomfort, more costly treatments in the future, and even the possibility of losing teeth.


A Multifaceted Approach to Oral Health

At Northland Village Dental Centre, we go beyond just cleaning your teeth and offer a comprehensive oral health assessment that includes:

·       Early detection of oral cancer, a serious health concern, can significantly improve treatment outcomes. During your cleaning, a quick and painless screening can help identify potential issues early on, leading to more successful treatment.

·       Our dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth to check for signs of wear and tear, potential cavities, or other issues that may require attention.



Contact Northland Village Dental Centre in NW Calgary

Regular dental cleanings can provide a multitude of benefits that go beyond a clean and aesthetically pleasing smile. Here's what you can expect:


·       Prevention of tooth decay and cavities

·       Protection against gum disease

·       Early detection of gum disease

·       Fresh breath

·       Improved overall health


Taking care of your oral health is an investment in yourself. Contact Northland Village Dental Centre today to schedule your next dental cleaning and maintain a healthy smile for years!


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