According to a survey conducted by Delta Dental, only 42% of Americans visit the dentist as much as they’d like. Dental appointments are essential when you’ve got a toothache, but what about when you don’t have any issues? It’s still important to visit the dentist. Professional teeth cleanings are an integral part of your oral care, and they can even help prevent tooth loss!
Here at The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, know that professional teeth cleanings are important for every member in your family. If it’s been a while since your last checkup, now’s the time to get back on track. You can expect nonjudgemental, compassionate care when you visit us.
In the meantime, here’s a quick look at the main benefits of routine checkups.
3 reasons you should prioritize professional cleanings
When most people think about professional cleanings, they usually just envision fluoride treatments and flossing. While that’s part of it, routine cleanings also include a comprehensive exam, plaque removal, an opportunity for you to address any concerns or questions you may have, and more.
Below are three reasons to bring your family in for a cleaning.
1. Early detection equals early intervention
One of the most important aspects of a professional cleaning is that it provides an opportunity to catch small problems before they escalate. For example, if you have a small cavity — even one that doesn’t cause pain or discomfort — we can spot it during your exam. Treating a small cavity before it develops into a bigger cavity will save you the agony of a toothache and the need for emergency dental care.
And cavities aren’t the only problem that can be detected during a routine cleaning. We can also spot the early signs of gum disease or potential problems with a crown or bridge.
2. Professional cleanings reduce the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss
As the name suggests, your teeth do get cleaned during a cleaning. However, this is more than just a surface cleaning. With a professional cleaning, we do the following:
- Remove plaque
- Remove tartar
- Polish your teeth
The bacteria in plaque can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. A professional cleaning helps remove the plaque and tartar that can build in hard-to-reach places.
3. Professional cleanings support your overall health
When you think about a professional cleaning, it can be easy to focus on the direct benefits to your oral health, but the reality is that your oral health affects your overall health. According to a recent study, gingivitis has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Gingivitis is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Although this may sound scary, there’s good news. You can reduce your risk of getting gingivitis, gum disease, and other unwanted complications by receiving professional cleanings. The American Dental Association suggests that individuals receive two cleanings a year. With routine care in place, it can be easier to spot red flags.
Routine care and beyond
Here at The Woodlands Dental Group, we know that professional cleanings are a key foundation in establishing a great oral care routine. These cleanings can also help to teach children the value of prioritizing oral care. Whether you have a toothache or are struggling with jaw pain, we’re here to help you get the oral care you need.
To learn more about cleanings or to schedule one, book an appointment over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.