Many people will only visit their dentist when they are feeling active pain or discomfort affecting their teeth or gums. Here, our Dartmouth dentists explain why attending regularly scheduled appointments for professional teeth cleanings are important, even when you feel perfectly fine.
First of all, it's important to understand that we recommend coming into Evergreen Dental every 6 months or so for a professional cleaning even if you have excellent at-home hygiene practices and aren't currently experiencing any pain. Good brushing and flossing habits are important, but there are tangible benefits to your oral health from regular visits to the dentist for a cleaning.
Why Schedule Professional Dental Cleanings?
There are a wide range of reasons for you to book a regular professional dental cleaning appointment, including:
Removing plaque and tartar buildup
No matter how attentively you brush at home, there are going to be some hard-to-reach places on your teeth where plaque has a much easier time settling and building up. If not promptly removed, plaque may harden into tartar in as little as 24 hours. Once tartar has formed, only a cleaning by a trained hygienist will be able to remove it.
Preventing oral health problems
Preventive dentistry is one of the best tools dentists have in the fight against oral disease. Visiting your dentist at least once every 6 months or so for a professional cleaning will help to keep tooth decay, gum disease and oral health issues at bay. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy means that you will be at a lower risk of tooth loss later on in life.
Correcting oral health problems early
Besides prevention, catching developing oral health is the next best option for making sure your treatment is effective and quick. In the earliest stages of gum disease and tooth decay, these health issues are even be reversed! Likewise, early treatment is generally more affordable early on as well.
The cost of not visiting the dentist regularly can easily outgrow the cost of dental cleanings.
Dentists are also often the first primary healthcare practitioners to detect signs of oral cancer, which is typically much more responsive to treatment if caught early.
Maintaining a healthy smile
Your teeth may become discoloured quickly from tartar and plaque buildup. By attending routinely scheduled dental cleanings, you may be able to enjoy a brighter and whiter smile in addition to a healthier one. Your hygienist and dentist will be able to provide you with personalized pointers on how to clean your teeth. They may also suggest cosmetic dental treatments for your smile.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning at our Dartmouth Dental Clinic Today
At Evergreen Dental, our professional dental cleaning services aim to help keep our clients' oral health at its best.
Our dental hygienists work to remove all plaque and tartar that has built up since your last cleaning. If you would like for us to find out more about the importance of routine dental visits with us or are looking to book your next appointment, contact our Dartmouth dental clinic today.