5 Reasons to Schedule a Dental Check-up and Cleaning

Posted on: April 16, 2018

Having a dental check-up and cleaning twice a year is critical for long-term oral health. We recommend scheduling the appointment in Spring before Summer vacations make it difficult to plan ahead.

Now is an excellent time of year to make sure that steps are taken to keep teeth healthy. Here are five reasons that a dental check-up and cleaning are critical to oral health.

1. Regular teeth cleanings can prevent dental decay

A build-up of plaque and tartar is the primary cause of dental decay. Removing it with a regular dental cleaning reduces the likelihood of someone suffering from this common problem and the toothaches that result from decay. During these regular appointments, fluoride may also be applied to the teeth in order to strengthen them. This will further decrease the likelihood of a person developing decay since the enamel will be stronger and better able to fend off attacks.

2. Regular cleanings can prevent gum disease

Gum disease is a common problem and one that most adults will suffer from at some point. Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the portion of the tooth that is below the gum line. Cleaning teeth and removing plaque regularly can prevent this build-up. This is of critical importance because gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. It costs far less to have teeth cleaned regularly than it would to replace a missing tooth.

Just note that if a person already has gum disease, a deep cleaning may be necessary before getting on a routine maintenance schedule.

3. Dirty teeth may appear yellow

Cleaning teeth is one way that we can improve their appearance. Teeth whitening is an effective solution for improving the appearance of a patient's smile. Sometimes, all that is necessary is simply to clean the teeth to remove some of the surface stains. Doing so twice a year can keep a smile looking bright and fresh.

4. Regular teeth cleanings can prevent bad breath

If plaque and tartar have built up or someone is suffering from dental decay or an infection, it is likely that the person also has horrible breath. By cleaning teeth regularly, treating decay and infections, we can help our patients to have good breath as a result of their good health.

5. A regular dental check-up and dental cleaning is the most cost-effective way to maintain oral health

Anyone who is budget conscious should be focused on taking preventative measures when it comes to oral health. It costs far less money to clean teeth regularly and prevent dental infections than it would to schedule a root canal or a tooth replacement caused by a severe infection. Plus, most insurance policies will pay for routine dental cleanings so there may be nothing or very little out-of-pocket cost.

Schedule an appointment today

Book your dental check-up and cleaning by calling our office today. We offer a variety of appointment times that are convenient and we are confident we can find one that will work for you.

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