Dental Hygiene (Teeth Cleanings)
Getting your teeth cleaned professionally can improve your health and save you money!
Dentists and hygienists usually recommend that you get your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months. You might be surprised to learn that there are many good reasons for this, other than the obvious one of making your teeth look cleaner and brighter.
If you don’t have insurance coverage, getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office may seem like a frivolous and unnecessary extra expense. But nothing could be further than the truth. And if you do have insurance, you’d be wise to take full advantage of what your coverage includes in the way of cleaning services.
Every dollar you spend on preventative care for your teeth will pay itself back in dividends. Regular cleanings will ensure early detection of dental problems that are sure to worsen – and become expensive – if they are left untreated.
So you’re not only saving yourself unnecessary pain and suffering, you’re also saving on unnecessary dentist’s bills, too!
Prevent Tooth Loss:
Here’s a disturbing statistic: in the US, only 34% of adults aged 40-64 have all their own teeth. And what is the main cause of tooth loss? It’s gum disease.
Gum disease starts insidiously with the buildup of plaque, an acidic substance that eats away at tooth enamel. It starts off with inflamed and bleeding gums, and then gradually progresses down the tooth into the gums. From here it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, resulting in teeth becoming loose and falling out.
But you don’t have to let this happen to you. Professional cleanings will remove the build-up of plaque, allowing you to keep your teeth for your lifetime.
In recent years scientists have discovered a link between the health of your mouth and that of your overall health. Research shows that problems in your mouth can actually cause heart disease, stroke and dementia. The reason for this is that bacteria in the mouth may be the cause of inflammation and infection elsewhere in the body – another really good reason to book that appointment for your next cleaning session!
Your oral health also offers your dentist clues about your overall health. Certain medical conditions can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine check-up or cleaning.
Fresh Breath and a Bright Smile:
Then of course there are the purely cosmetic reasons for getting a professional cleaning. Tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can result in the buildup of stains that are practically impossible to remove at home. If you suspect that you have bad breath, your dentist will be able to detect and treat the cause. And incidentally, if you have persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, this may be a warning sign of gum disease
You’ll leave the dentist’s office after a cleaning session ready to face the world with the freshest breath and a gleaming white smile.
So for the sake of your overall health and your bank account, don’t delay in booking that cleaning appointment with your dentist!