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How Professional Teeth Cleaning Can Prevent Tooth Loss

How Professional Teeth Cleaning Can Prevent Tooth Loss

Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. A whopping 46% of adults over the age of 30 show early signs of gum disease. An additional 9% of adults show severe signs of gum disease, also called periodontitis. 

At CHW Cares in New York City, New York, our team includes two dentists: Dr. Natalia Lurie and Dr. Nicole Bell. They provide excellence in dental care, including professional tooth cleaning to help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. 

Gum disease and tooth loss

Gum disease begins with bacterial growth in your mouth. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease, as bacteria left on teeth produce a sticky plaque, then harden into stubborn tartar. Build-up along and below the gum line leads to gingivitis. 

While gingivitis alone doesn’t destroy the bone tissue, untreated gingivitis leads to periodontal disease, which can cause slow deterioration of the bone underlying the gums. This causes teeth to slowly loosen and fall out. 

As teeth fall out, more bone loss occurs, the adjacent teeth become loose and unstable, and the cycle continues until you’re completely edentulous, or toothless. 

Factors that contribute to gum disease and tooth loss include:

Recent studies also link gum disease to increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Your overall health can be improved by proper dental care, so if you’ve been missing dental cleanings, it’s a good time to start.

Benefits of professional teeth cleaning

Professional teeth cleaning can reduce the chances of tooth loss. We recommend getting your teeth cleaned every six months, not only for preventative oral health care, but for its other benefits as well. 

We offer teeth cleaning that’s much more in-depth than your at-home brushing and flossing. Our cleaning process includes:

Early identification and treatment of gum disease is possible through regular dental visits and professional teeth cleaning. Ideally, you'll have your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office every six months, and follow up with twice-daily brushing and flossing at home.

Having a dentist clean your teeth and check for oral health issues means minimized tooth staining, reduced tartar build up, improved breath, higher chance of catching oral cancers early, and decreased chances of tooth loss.

You can schedule a dental cleaning at CHW Cares by calling 212-740-2020 or by booking an appointment online.

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