Of course, you brush your teeth. But despite your efforts, your dentist at Encore Dental will still recommend that you have your teeth cleaned professionally from time to time. You might be wondering why you should bother, but we have six great reasons why you should go for those regular cleanings. Once you’re aware of them, choosing whether to go for your dental cleaning will be an easy judgement call. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Save Yourself from Gum Disease
Gum disease is an extremely common ailment, but that doesn’t mean you should accept that you’ll get it sooner or later. It all stats when plaque forms on your teeth. At first, it brushes off easily, but chances are, there are spots in your mouth that don’t get all the toothbrush love and care they should.
Once the plaque has been there for a while, it becomes hard and is now called tartar. The bacteria in plaque aren’t your friends. They cause your gums to become inflamed and infected, and if the problem remains untreated, it only gets worse.
2. Help Your Teeth to Last Longer
When gum disease has progressed to an advanced level, your teeth begin to loosen, and even the jawbone is weakened. When you prevent tooth decay and gum disease, you’re also keeping your teeth safe – and since you need them to last for as long as possible, having proper dental cleanings makes very good sense indeed.
3. Clean Teeth and a Brighter Smile
After removing all the tartar, your dentist or oral hygienist will also work on any stains on the tooth surface. Although not all stains will respond to a basic cleaning, quite a few of them will. As a finishing touch, your teeth get a polish that leaves them sparkling. Even if you’re not too concerned about appearances, you won’t be able to resist flashing that smile.
4. Prevent Bad Breath
Tooth decay and gum disease can cause bad breath. Professional cleaning of your teeth does away with hardened tartar that can trigger both of these problems. And if they’re already beginning to develop, they’ll very likely be picked up in the process, allowing you to take action as quickly and effectively as possible.
5. You Could Reduce Your Chances of Developing Heart Disease or Having a Stroke
Studies have discovered that gum disease seems to increase your chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. Clean teeth are the best way to prevent gum disease, and with that, there’s a chance of staving off potentially life-threatening health conditions. It makes sense. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and if it isn’t healthy, it makes it harder for the rest of your body to stay healthy too.
6. Preventative Healthcare is Probably Covered by Your Insurance
In case you needed an extra motivation to have your regular dental cleanings, there’s the possibility that it won’t end up costing you anything – and everybody loves a freebie! We can help you to find out whether your health insurance covers dental cleaning. If it doesn’t, the expense is not a great one. If it does, you get all the benefits of dental cleaning for nothing or next-to-nothing.
Ask us about dental cleanings and make your appointment for a cleaner, brighter, and healthier smile. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time!