Why are dental cleanings important?
November 27, 2019
Whilst there is no doubt that brushing your teeth and flossing daily at home are vitally important for the long term health and resilience of your teeth, there are other important elements of care that you can enjoy that will further boost your oral health and the condition and appearance of your smile.
Contrary to what some people believe, professional dental cleanings aren’t only carried out to make your smile look amazing. They also support your dental health and can even have a significant impact on your general health. Here are some of the most important reasons why you should never skip a professional dental cleaning.
Dental cleanings are a great opportunity to spot developing problems early on
Oral health problems are nearly always more easily treated if they are detected early on. This could prevent you from needing hugely invasive, potentially painful and costly treatment down the line. When your hygienist or dentist cleans your teeth, they will have unrivaled visual access that can enable them to pick up any abnormalities and act on them quickly – before there is a significant impact on the health or appearance of your smile.
This includes detecting oral cancer
In the United States alone, one person every hour dies from oral cancer. This is a shocking statistic, but like most cancers, oral cancer is more likely to be successfully treated it if is identified early on and treatment starts promptly. Your dental cleaning is an ideal opportunity for any early signs of cancer to be detected.
Regular cleanings can prevent gum disease
Decay isn’t the only dental issue we face. Gum disease occurs when bacteria in the plaque that can form on our teeth if it isn’t cleaned away spreads onto our gums, causing inflammation and infection. This is known as gum disease and is a progressive condition. If it isn’t dealt with early on, it can lead to periodontal disease which could put your teeth at risk of falling out. It can also lead to general health problems (see below).
Poor oral hygiene can impact your general health
Arguably one of the most important reasons for attending dental cleanings – poor oral hygiene can impact your general health. Many studies have found that poor dental hygiene is a common factor amongst those patients suffering from a range of associated dental and general medical issues. These include:
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
When you have regular dental cleanings, you are much less likely to suffer from decay and gum disease, which could also reduce your risk of developing these debilitating and potentially life-threatening conditions.
Your cleaning will preserve the appearance of your smile
You want your smile to look as healthy as it really is. Unfortunately, over time, staining and discoloration are common. This is usually caused by the foods that we eat and drink, damage to the teeth and smoking. Fortunately, your dental hygienist will be able to remove most of the stains that dull and discolor your teeth, leaving you with a brighter, whiter and more attractive smile.
What are you waiting for? Schedule your professional dental cleaning today by calling our offices.