I have been asking myself over and over during the last year: “Do people really need to have their teeth professionally cleaned”? I have begun to ask this question because I have had a couple of clients over the last year that did not, in my professional opinion, need to have their teeth cleaned at their continuing care appointment. After completing my assessment, I discussed my findings with these clients and then left it up to them to decide whether to proceed or not.
There are two reasons for needing to have your teeth professionally cleaned;
- For aesthetic reasons
- For therapeutic reasons
Aesthetic reasons would include removing deposits and stains to make them visually more attractive and therapeutic reasons would include removing these same deposits and stains to facilitate the health of the oral environment.
It is all about reducing bacterial biofilm and inflammation when we are talking about establishing good oral health and it would appear that many people are able to do this on their own without professional help.
Just what are these people doing you might ask? Well, they are all diligent about brushing and employ some form of in-between-the-teeth disruption of bacteria, and the people who have exemplary oral health tend to also have outstanding diets. Interestingly, my experience has also been that none of these super-healthy mouths were vegans or vegetarians. Since I do not subscribe to the notion that one diet is right for everyone I am not sure if one can be in perfect health when eating an all-vegetable diet, but my experience thus far has caused me to think not!
I believe that whatever is causing inflammation in the body is going to contribute to inflammation in the mouth and that only dealing with the oral component, while it may get us some good results, is not getting to the root cause of the inflammation.
So…do you really need to have your teeth professionally cleaned? This is a question that can only be answered after a thorough assessment, followed by an honest discussion with an oral health care professional that you TRUST.
Until next time,