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The Importance of a Biannual Teeth Cleaning

Do you schedule regular visits with your Portland, OR, dentist, Dr. A.J. Azabari? Visiting the dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and a checkup will help you keep your smile healthy.

How you benefit from teeth cleaning

Cleaning gets rid of plaque on your teeth. Even if you brush and floss thoroughly, it may be difficult to completely remove plaque from hard-to-reach places, like the area between overlapping teeth.

When plaque remains on your teeth, you're more likely to develop cavities and gum disease. Visiting the Portland dental office every six months helps keep plaque under control and reduces your risk of oral health issues.

Removing tartar is also part of your dental cleaning. Plaque turns into the hard deposit known as tartar if it isn't removed promptly. Although plaque is colorless, tartar is noticeable as a light brown or gray coating on your teeth.

Tartar can irritate and inflame your gums, triggering gingivitis, the first phase of gum disease. During your cleaning, your hygienist uses special tools to safely chip away unsightly tartar.

Other benefits of teeth cleaning appointments include:

  • A Brighter Smile: After removing plaque and tartar, surface stains are removed with a special polish.
  • Better Breath: Plaque and tartar are key factors in bad breath. After they're removed, you may notice an improvement in your breath.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: During your appointment, your dentist will perform an oral cancer screening. Cancer often causes subtle signs that can be difficult to detect, such as white or red patches in the mouth. If your dentist notes any suspicious lumps or spots, he'll recommend a biopsy to determine if cancer is the cause.
  • Improved Oral Health: You'll also receive an examination as part of your teeth cleaning visit. During the exam, the dentist will look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues that can affect your oral health, such as cracks, loose crowns or bridges, or brittle teeth. Treating problems as soon as possible will help you protect your oral health.

Teeth cleaning is an essential part of good oral health. Call your dentist in Portland, OR, Dr. Azbari, at (503) 297-8866 to schedule your appointment.

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