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What Dental Cleanings & Checkups Do That Brushing Can’t

Next to brushing and flossing, regular dental cleanings are the single most important thing you can do to keep your teeth healthy and shining. Those pearly whites of yours should last a lifetime, and with proper care, they can. But tartar build-up may lead to oral health problems that dull both the beauty and the vitality of your smile. Thankfully, dental difficulties are avoidable when you undergo biannual dental cleanings. Visiting your Winnipeg dentist twice a year ensures your smile will shine on for as long as you do. But just how do dental cleanings ensure your oral health? Why aren’t brushing and flossing alone enough? Here’s how it breaks down.


Cleanings Remove Tartar
Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar. Though regular brushing and flossing can remove much plaque, tartar cannot be eradicated in this manner. Instead, scaling—the name for the dental procedure for removing tartar—is necessary to perform this essential task. Left alone, tartar can cause a range of oral health issues, including:


  • Tooth decay. Tartar build-up is the number one cause of cavities.

  • Gum disease. When tartar is not removed, it begins to affect the health of your gums, and may eventually lead to gum disease.

  • Tooth loss. When gums are unhealthy, the gap between your gum and your tooth gets wider, and tartar starts to slide under the gum. In time, this tartar may weaken the bone that holds your tooth in place, leading to the tooth falling out.


Tartar removal is crucial to good oral health. Given that you brush and floss regularly, and also maintain a practice of carrying out biannual cleanings, the process of removal is quick, easy and painless.


Checkups Identify & Prevent Problems
Cleanings at Assiniboine Dental Group come bundled with a complete checkup performed by a qualified Winnipeg dentist. The checkup has just as much import for your oral health as does the cleaning. The dentist is trained to look for and alert you of current or potential problems. Some things he or she will be able to spot are:


  • Cavities

  • Gum disease

  • Broken fillings

  • Other dental work that needs updating or repair

  • Signs of oral cancer


In all of the above scenarios, early detection can make a world of difference that may prevent problems from compounding and protect your overall health.


Other Benefits from Regular Cleanings & Checkups
Not only do cleanings improve your oral health, but they also beautify your smile by removing stains caused by consuming coffee, tea, wine and tobacco. Another added advantage is that bad breath is easier to keep at bay in a mouth that’s tartar free. Lastly, your overall health can be positively impacted as recent studies now indicate a correlation between oral health and cardiovascular health. Potentially, this means that stroke and heart disease may be prevented by maintaining good oral health. At Assiniboine Dental Group, your Winnipeg dentists, we offer thorough cleanings and checkups that keep your teeth clean, healthy and white. Call us today to schedule an appointment.