There are many who think if something doesn’t hurt, everything is just fine — I brush my teeth every day, floss occasionally, and I don’t have a toothache, so why go to the dentist? If you wait until something hurts, you could be too late. Let’s learn why teeth cleanings are so important.
Maintenance As A Preventative
Would you drive your new expensive car for years without having it serviced? Of course you wouldn’t. You know that maintaining it will help prevent any serious expensive problems down the road.
The same is true with your oral health. Having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year prevents many issues that could become both expensive and painful.
Why Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
Your twice a year checkup and cleaning takes care of many “waiting to happen” problems, like plaque turning to tartar. We try to remove plaque from our teeth and gums every time we brush, but plaque settles there every time we eat. It’s impossible to get into every little place when brushing, so a professional cleaning removes any plaque left and tartar that has built up.
Reason #1: Special Tools
Your dental hygienist has special tools to remove all plaque and tartar that your normal brush cannot. That is the only way to prevent gum issues and inflammations, like gingivitis and gum disease.
Reason #2: Prevent Cavities
Without eliminating plaque and tartar, you won’t know if cavities are developing. Sometimes cavities are located between teeth and only a hygienist can remove them.
Reason #3: Prevent Gum Disease
When tartar is left on our teeth near our gums, we become prone to gum disease. When our gums become irritated and inflamed, little pockets develop around our teeth that collect bacteria, food, and more plaque. If this situation is not corrected with professional cleanings, inflammation and even tooth loss can occur.
Reason #4: Keep Your Breath Sweet
No one will want to get near you, let alone kiss you, if your breath is bad. Yes, having your teeth professionally cleaned can help prevent bad breath.
Reason #5: Prevent Oral Cancer
Each time your teeth are cleaned, your mouth is checked for any abnormalities that could be a sign of oral cancer.
Reason #6: Lower Your Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease
Having good oral hygiene has been associated with a healthier cardiovascular system as well as a lower risk of developing diabetes.
Reason #7: Expectant Moms Get Additional Benefits
During pregnancy when a future mom’s hormones are fluctuating, infections can increase that will affect the baby and the pregnancy. Regular cleanings during pregnancy can help prevent premature birth and low birth weight.
Reason #8: Having A Clean White Smile
When your teeth are professionally cleaned, they remove stains your toothbrush can’t, and you are left with a polished white smile.
Reason #9: Recommendations From An Expert
Manhattan Dental Arts in the Upper West Side will provide an overall summary of your oral health and make any recommendations to improve it before your next visit. For example, maybe you need to change how you floss your teeth each day.
Contact Manhattan Dental Arts at (212) 247-2330 if it’s time to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Remember, these visits should happen twice per year!