When you have your teeth professionally cleaned, they feel brand new and look even better. For this reason a lot of people think dental cleanings are cosmetic or unnecessary. But that couldn’t be more wrong. Dental cleanings help you keep your teeth longer, boost your overall health, and save you money. Sometimes brushing and flossing at home just isn’t enough.
Gum disease and tooth decay are two very serious conditions that could cause you to lose your teeth. Having a regular cleaning could prevent the plaque buildup that causes these conditions in the first place. Gum disease-causing plaque will spread down the tooth and into the bone infecting both teeth and gums. Dentists are trained to notice the signs of any serious issue with your teeth well before they start to cause you any pain. Seeing your dentist and getting regular cleanings & checkups increases your chances of keeping all of your teeth healthy and intact for your whole life.
Regular dental cleanings can help boost your overall health. When performing an oral exam and cleaning, dentists can detect other more serious conditions in the body. A dentist can detect early signs of heart disease and stoke by looking at your teeth. All of the parts in our body work together. If something isn’t functioning properly the body gives us signs to look for. Healthcare professionals like dentists know the signs and can offer help. Also during an exam/cleaning, dentists check your head neck and lymph nodes. If they notice anything strange or abnormal they will be able to point you in the right direction of the appropriate medical professional. Lastly, when you’re getting a cleaning/exam, the dentist will look for signs of oral cancer. The signs might not be obvious to you, which means in most cases it goes untreated while it spreads rapidly. A regular trip to your dentist’s office can save your life and your smile.
Many times cavities and other oral health problems go untreated because people don’t visit their dentist regularly. Regular checkups can help the dentist identify any small problems before they grow to larger issues. The average cost for a filling is less than $250, but if you let that decay travel down to the root, then you’re looking at a root canal which costs over $1500. Consider having your teeth checked and cleaned regularly, before you have to clean out your bank account for one procedure. Be proactive.