Unfortunately, many people only think to visit the dentist to address pain or discomfort in their teeth and gums. Today, we explain why regular appointments for professional cleaning are important even when you feel fine.
Although good brushing and flossing habits form an important part of maintaining good oral health practices, it is recommended that your teeth be professionally cleaned every 6 months. This remains true whether or not you're experiencing pain or discomfort because there are tangible benefits to your dental health from regular visits for a professional cleaning.
What are the benefits of professional dental cleaning?
There are a number of reasons to see your dental team for regular professional teeth cleanings:
Get rid of plaque and tartar buildup
Even if you're dedicated to your oral health and brush and floss properly, there are likely some hard-to-reach places on your teeth where plaque has an easier time accumulating. If not removed, plaque can start solidifying into a sticky substance known as tartar within just 24 hours. Only a trained hygienist at your Whitehorse dentist should remove tartar once it has formed, and they'll have no trouble getting rid of the plaque that you can't reach at home.
Prevent oral health problems
Your dentist's best tool for fighting oral disease and health issues is preventive dental care. By seeing your dentist every six months for professional cleaning, problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health diseases have a reduced likelihood of developing in the first place. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy means that you will be at a lower risk of tooth loss later on in life.
Catch and fix oral health problems early
After prevention, detecting oral health issues in their early stages is the next best thing for ensuring effective treatment. Early on, gum disease and tooth decay are reversible if the proper steps are taken. Treatment is not only easier but also a lot more affordable early on, and you may find that 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.
Maintain a healthy smile
Discolouration can happen quickly on the surface of the teeth due to plaque and tartar buildup. By going for regular dental cleaning, you might get to enjoy a brighter and whiter smile on top of a healthier one. Your dentist and hygienist can give you helpful advice on keeping your teeth whiter, based on your unique needs.
At Dandelion Dental, our professional dental cleaning services aim to help keep our clients' oral health at its best. Our hygienists carefully remove any plaque and tartar buildup they can and include an application of Sheer White at-home whitening treatment as well. If you'd like to find out more about the importance of regular dental visits, or if you'd like to book your appointment, then just contact our dental clinic in Whitehorse today.