Even if you follow a strict oral hygiene regimen at home, it’s important to have your teeth cleaned regularly by your dentist. While brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash on a daily basis create a strong foundation for lifelong dental health, your dentist can accomplish even more deep cleaning during your visit.
Regular brushing may clean most of the surface stains on your teeth, but it can’t always remove the plaque and tartar that build up over time. Plaque and tartar lead to tooth decay, and if left untreated, eventually result in cavities. Gum disease is another common result of plaque; as the disease advances, the plaque continues to destroy the tooth and the supporting bone in the jaw, which can lead to tooth loss. Thorough dental cleanings greatly reduce the chance of this happening.
A professional dental cleaning also brightens your smile by removing stains that build up over time. Daily consumption of coffee or tea, and even occasionally drinking red wine, can lead to staining that is difficult to remove with regular brushing. Tobacco use can also stain teeth to the point that they look yellow and dingy. A thorough cleaning from your dentist can make your smile whiter and brighter. And if you’re worried about bad breath, a professional cleaning can help determine the cause so your dentist can recommend ways to eliminate the problem.
Oral health has been shown to be connected to a patient’s overall health. Regular professional dental cleanings can help lower a patient’s risk for heart disease and stroke. Another benefit of dental cleanings is that certain medical conditions, including oral cancer, can sometimes be detected in the early stages during a routine oral exam. Making an effort to visit your dentist at least once a year is one of the best things you can do for your health. For more information, please contact:
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