In order to maintain your optimal dental health and ensure that your smile stays brilliant, white, and sparkling, it’s important that you schedule regular dental cleanings in our office every six months or so. This is one of the most affordable preventative treatments offered by our office and can save you from having to undergo more expensive and extensive dental treatments in the future.
The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings
Ordinary brushing and flossing are often not enough to completely remove the tartar and plaque deposits from teeth. Over time, these deposits provide a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental and overall health issues. In fact, poor dental care has been linked to serious health issues like stroke and heart disease.
Additionally, performing a regular dental cleaning also allows your dentist to look for signs of oral cancer as well. Although it is a lesser-known form of the disease, oral cancer affects more than 40,000 patients in the United States each year. As with all cancers, early detection and treatment are essential to achieving a positive outcome, and your regular dental cleanings are the best time for your dentist to check for changes in your oral and dental health.
The Regular Dental Cleaning Process
A regular dental cleaning is generally a painless process. In fact, many patients quite enjoy their dental cleanings, and the squeaky clean feeling they have afterward. Your dentist will first check for any serious dental health issues, and then begin the process of removing the buildup from your teeth and gums. To do so, they may use a variety of dental instruments such as polishers, scalers, ultrasonic devices, and fluoride gel. In some cases, your dentist may also take this opportunity to take new digital x-rays, and they will discuss any problems and potential treatments with you during this appointment as well.
The Benefits of a Regular Dental Cleaning
In addition to protecting your dental and overall health, getting your teeth cleaned can prevent the need for teeth whitening treatments, and can also help eliminate or prevent halitosis (bad breath). This preventative treatment is essential to your dental health, allowing you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible and preventing damage to your gums and underlying bone as well.
If you’re due for your regular dental cleaning, don’t wait – call our office today at 805-983-0245 or use the convenient contact form below. We look forward to helping you protect your smile, and to keep your teeth and gums healthy for as long as possible.