5 Reasons You Need Your Routine Dental Cleanings

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Routine dental cleanings should be scheduled twice annually – usually every six months. Some people do not understand why they are so important, so let's look at five reasons why you need these routine cleanings.

Reason #1: Prevent Cavities

Have you noticed that there is a white-colored film that is beginning to build up on some of your teeth? If so, this is known as plaque, which causes tooth decay and will eat away at your tooth enamel. If it remains untreated, it will eventually result in cavities in the mouth. With regular brushing (twice daily) and flossing (once daily) as well as routine dental cleanings (twice yearly), you can remove plaque from your teeth and prevent cavities from forming.

Reason #2: Avoid Tooth Loss

If you allow plaque to continue to build up on your teeth, it will not only cause cavities, but it will also lead to gum disease, which is a common reason that adults lose teeth. You may be wondering how your teeth fall out, and this is a good question. The reason they fall out is because the plaque starts on the teeth, but it eventually builds up so much that it works its way into the gums and down into the root of the tooth where it can negatively affect the jaw bone. When this happens, it can cause the tooth to become loose and eventually fall out. However, with routine brushing, flossing and dental cleanings, and dental implants if a tooth is compromised, you can significantly reduce the risk of tooth and bone loss.

Reason #3: Prevent Bad Breath

The best way for you to prevent bad breath is to ensure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene habits. While you may be brushing and flossing daily, it is always a good idea to go in for your twice-annual cleaning to maintain a healthy, odor-free mouth.

Reason #4: Whiten Your Smile

Think for just a moment all of the foods that you eat and the drinks that you consume. All of these things can result in discoloration of your teeth. Sure, you may brush your teeth regularly, but a routine dental cleaning by a professional can help remove anything that your standard toothbrush and floss cannot get, which helps to ensure that you maintain the brightest possible smile. You may even want to consider undergoing a professional tooth whitening procedure every once in a while for a whiter, brighter smile.

Reason #5: Improve Your Overall Health

Many people do not realize it, but there is a connection between your dental hygiene and your overall health. There are many diseases that can be caught early on by your dentist, such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and oral cancer. However, if you aren't visiting your dentist for those routine cleanings, your dentist will never be able to spot these conditions early on so that you can get the treatment that you need.


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