What the Internet’s obsession with teeth cleaning means for your mouth

  • Posted on: Dec 19 2017

From epics bouts of bottle flipping and “planking” to food challenges and pimple popping, there are some pretty strange videos posted for viewing on the Internet, but even the most peculiar uploads seem to have some sort of audience. Take for instance the latest trend of watching people get their teeth cleaned. Some viewers explain that watching this type of video is cathartic. They think it is relaxing and invigorating to see a set of teeth go from plaque-filled to sparkly clean. There are a couple of scientific and psychological explanations behind this trend. One is that they provide “a jolt of raw emotion,” similar to scary movies or amusement park rides. Another theory is that our fascination with “disgusting” videos is connected to the primal sense of protecting ourselves and others by learning more about threats like disease.

There are no doubt thousands of New Yorkers who can count themselves as fans of this type a video series. You might be one of them. If you are, it’s not enough to just sit idly by and watch other individuals receive dental treatments. To ensure a good bill of health, be sure to ask yourself if you are also receiving proper dental care with a regular cleanings and checkups in a professional office.

There are many benefits to getting a professional cleaning twice a year. First and foremost, you’ll walk away with a healthier-looking smile. Regular cleanings keep your teeth as naturally white as possible, especially if you also avoid stain-producing beverages, like coffee, tea, wine, and soda. Having a smile that you feel confident showing off can make changes in the way you live your life, whether that means providing a boost of confidence at an important meeting or making you feel more relaxed on a first date.

Of course, cleanings are good for more than just aesthetic value. Regular professional treatments can delay the onset of cavities and prevent problems like severe decay, root canals, crowns, extractions, and bridges. Cleanings also fight off other concerns like gingivitis, and this is particularly important if you are worried about your heart health (as you should be) or if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

I still see some patients who get anxious about the idea of having a cleaning. Sometimes they note that the sounds or sensations that accompany dental work bother them. Although I completely understand, I hope these reasons are not enough to keep them from getting the dental treatments that they need. Today, there are many approaches to helping you feel at ease while receiving a cleaning.This includes listening to peaceful music, or simply having an opportunity to discuss the things that make you worried.

Whether you find them gross or entertaining, dental cleanings are important, and you should not put yours off. If you need to get one scheduled, don’t hesitate to reach out. We would love to help you get a smile that you are proud to show off. We can be reached at 800.583.9285 or by filling out the contact form on our website.

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