Why Are Regular Dental Cleanings so Important?

It’s easy to perceive going to the dentist for a routine cleaning as just another chore in your already busy schedule. It can be frustrating to take time off work, get a babysitter, or rearrange your schedule so that you can spend an hour in the dentist’s chair. But if you’re tempted to skip your next routine cleaning, think again.

A Dental Cleaning Can Give You Fresher Breath

A Dental Cleaning Can Freshen Your Breath

 A routine check-up can give you confidence in your smile and your breath.

Sure, you brush your teeth and floss several times a day. Maybe you even use a breath freshening mouthwash. But if plaque is building up on your teeth, perhaps in places that you can’t easily reach with your toothbrush, the result can be persistent bad breath. A thorough cleaning will get rid of the plaque and bad breath-causing bacteria that it attracts.

A Dental Cleaning Will Whiten Your Smile

Certain foods and drinks can leave unwelcome stains on your teeth that are hard to scrub off with your toothbrush alone. Coffee, red wine, and blueberries are just a few examples. With regular cleanings, you may not need need extensive whitening treatments to restore your teeth to their former brightness. Getting a good professional cleaning on a regular basis can give you the bright, white smile you want. However, if you haven't heard the news, we are now offering Free Whitening for Life to eligible patients who complete their recommended dental care. Ask us about this offer at your next appointment.

A Dental Cleaning is Important Preventative Dentistry

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A check-up allows your dentist to identify potential dental problems early. 

A dental cleaning prevents cavities by getting rid of plaque that can damage your tooth enamel. Your dentist may also notice weak spots on your tooth enamel that could become cavities. Spotting issues like these can prevent small symptoms from becoming big problems

While your hygienist is cleaning your teeth, she will look for other signs of trouble, like chips, fractures, or signs of infection that you may not have noticed otherwise. These problems could lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Regularly scheduled cleanings help to ensure that they’ll be spotted and treated as soon as possible. Your dentist and hygienist are trained to notice signs of various serious conditions and illnesses, like oral cancer. Preventative dentistry is important because the earlier any of these conditions are noticed, the easier it is to treat them. 

A Dental Cleaning Could Save Your Life

You may have heard that oral hygiene is linked to certain serious health conditions such as heart disease. But how far can a dental cleaning really go to prevent a serious health condition? Further than you might think. Without regular check-ups, plaque buildup can cause inflammation -which affects blood flow. Professional dental cleanings, including tooth scaling, reduce the inflammation and help keep the blood flowing properly, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks or strokes. And as you may know,  "...some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth," and your dentist may be the one to spot an irregularity or warning sign before things have progressed too far (MouthHealthy.org).

Dental cleanings are much more than just a routine chore. The benefits of having your teeth professionally cleaned can’t be understated. If it's been over 6 months since your last visit, or if you have any questions about your oral health, please contact us today.

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