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The Importance Of Dental Cleanings

While we all do our best to keep our oral health in check by regularly brushing and flossing, visiting your dentist for professional teeth cleaning is critical to ensure adequate dental hygiene. But how often should you schedule a cleaning? The Canadian Dental Association recommends a cleaning and dental exam once every 6 months or as frequently as suggested by your dentist. 

However, many individuals forgo their visits because they believe that regular brushing and flossing will replace the need for a professional cleaning. Skipping out on your visits will lead to oral health problems, which will cause you discomfort that may require expensive treatments. 

Dental cleanings are a preventative measure you should be taking for your overall health and well-being.

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Get Back On Track With Regular Dental Cleanings

Flossing and brushing cannot adequately clean your entire mouth. Little spaces in between your gums and teeth can collect bacteria that only a dentist can get to and clean. However, professional teeth cleanings are not just for keeping your teeth nice and white. Your dentist ensures that your teeth and gums are healthy and checks for abnormalities that may otherwise go unnoticed. 

At our NE Calgary dental clinic, we offer affordable dental services, so you never need to compromise your oral health. We pride ourselves on providing dental services such as dental exams, teeth cleanings, pediatric dentistry, and more for all Calgarians. Looking for a dentist to take care of you or your family's dental needs? Contact us today to book your appointment by calling 403-248-2066.

4 Reasons Why You Need Regular Dental Cleanings

Cleanings are performed by a trained dental hygienist who has the skills to remove tartar, plaque, and stains in places that cannot be reached via flossing or brushing. The procedure is simple, painless, and requires no downtime after your appointment.

Plaque And Tartar Removal

Plaque is a sticky bacteria-filled deposit that naturally builds up along your gum line as you eat, drink, and go about your daily activities. Even the most diligent brushers and flossers will not be able to reach the plaque that has built up in hard-to-reach areas. 

If left untreated, the plaque will begin to solidify, resulting in tartar, which is extremely difficult to remove. Tartar can erode teeth and cause holes in them, which is how cavities are formed. Cavities rarely give any warning sign when they are forming until it is too late and the tooth has started to decay. If cavities do develop, you will be required to have extensive treatments done, such as a crown or an implant being put into place to correct the damaged tooth. These expensive treatments can be easily avoided by visiting your dentist for regular cleanings. 

Reduce The Risk Of Gum Disease

Neglecting to visit the dentist for regular cleanings increases your risk of developing gum disease. Persistent tartar and plaque buildup along the gumline is one of the main causes of gum disease. As bacteria bind around your tooth and gum line, your gums will become irritated, red, and may start bleeding. This causes small periodontal pockets in the gums where bacteria begin to fester and grow, eventually leading to bone deterioration. 

If the condition is left untreated for too long, tooth decay and tooth loss may occur, resulting in the need for more extensive treatments. By visiting your dentist for regular cleanings, you will reduce the risks of developing gum disease.  

Check For Oral Cancer

Dental cleanings do not just check the health of your teeth. Your dentist will also examine your neck, jaw, and other aspects of your mouth to check for signs of oral cancer that can often go undetected in the early stages. Having routine cleanings will keep you up to date on any early signs of oral cancer so you can begin treatment as soon as possible.

Get Rid Of Bad Breath

Hardened plaque buildup on your teeth is not only unsightly, but it also causes bad breath. If plaque and tartar are the root cause of your bad breath, there is no amount of gum or mint toothpaste that can get rid of the bad stench. The bacteria form inside of the plaque and get trapped under the calcified surface where no toothbrush or flossing can reach. Once again, only your dentist can remove plaque buildup with the use of special tools and techniques.

Book Your Dental Cleaning At Marlborough Dental Centre

Did you know that over 4 billion people in the world suffer from some form of oral health disease? Do not be part of this statistic; be proactive about your health by visiting your dentist twice a year! Otherwise, you will be putting yourself at a higher risk for developing oral health disease and other health issues.

Marlborough Dental Centre is proud to provide NE Calgary with high-quality, affordable dental care. If you are overdue for a cleaning or need to brighten up your smile, contact us to schedule your appointment today by calling 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.


How long does a dental cleaning take?
The average dental cleaning only takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the patient and their needs.

Do dental cleanings hurt?
Your dental cleaning should not cause you any pain. You may feel slight discomfort from holding your mouth open for a long period of time and having your teeth worked on by your dentist. If you experience any pain, let your dentist know right away so they can apply more local anesthesia.

Do I need to get x-rays done every time I visit the dentist?
A healthy adult with good oral hygiene will not require an x-ray every appointment. If your dentist has cause for concern, you may be required to have an x-ray done. 



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