cleaning and preventionCampbell, Los Gatos, San Jose, and Saratoga, CA

It is no surprise that regular brushing and flossing should be a part of your oral hygiene routine, but is that enough? Certainly not! According to the American Dental Association, patients should visit the dentist once every six months for a professional dental cleaning and checkup.

Why the need for dental cleanings?

Our mouths are home to both good and bad bacteria. Over time, bad bacteria buildup around our teeth and gums and becomes hard. This substance is known as plaque, which can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Even with regular at-home maintenance, it is just not enough to keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy.

Ignoring plaque buildup can have harmful consequences in your mouth including:

  • Gingivitis (inflammation and bleeding of the gums)
  • Increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease
  • Cavities
  • Tooth loss
  • Mouth pain
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Stained or discolored teeth

Gum disease can even go beyond your mouth, affecting your body too. Patients with gum disease have an increased risk of these health-related issues:

  • Heat attacks
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer

There is simply too much at risk to skip having professional dental cleanings. We believe professional dental cleanings should be part of everyone’s oral health habit. To schedule your next dental cleaning and exam, contact Dr. Lippi’s office today. We welcome patients from Campbell, Los Gatos, San Jose, and Saratoga, California.