From an early age, we all learn that taking care of our teeth is significant. A radiant smile is an incredible gift; our teeth are intended to last a lifetime. While brushing, flossing, and a good diet form the core of oral health, regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings are significant as well. The transformative benefits of our professional dental cleaning services can keep your teeth and gums healthy, your smile looking its best, and promote your overall health.
Dental cleanings are generally conducted in conjunction with a dental exam. Depending on specific situations, our practice typically performs the cleaning before the examination. However, for periodontal patients, sometimes we conduct the exam before the cleaning to better assess the condition and plan accordingly. Your dental professional may take images of your teeth, lead an exam, and could include an oral cancer screening. After the cleaning, your dental professional will conduct the exam, allowing a more detailed and accurate assessment.
There are several benefits to having your teeth cleaned professionally. While the gains of having your teeth cleaned will depend on your unique needs and situation, here are several usual gains of professional cleaning:
- A professional dental cleaning can help prevent gum disease by removing plaque and calculus, which cause infections of the gums. Gum disease can, if left untreated, cause recession of the gums, tooth damage, tooth loss, and even harm to the bone of the jaw. Regular cleanings can help prevent this, besides offering your dentist a chance to detect problems before they progress too far.
- A dental cleaning can handle further issues, including discolored or stained teeth, to help your smile look its best. In addition to giving you a brighter and more attractive smile, this also helps protect your teeth from damage, assisting them to last a lifetime while giving you confidence in your appearance.
- And speaking of appearances, let’s talk about halitosis. Bad breath is an issue that can come with poor oral hygiene but may appear when your teeth need a good professional cleaning as well. Halitosis is a common problem, but it is generally preventable. Professional teeth cleanings can stop terrible breath while helping you and your dentist find its cause, further promoting and protecting personal oral health.
- Finally, a professional dental cleaning lets your oral health care provider take a good long look at your teeth and check for damage, issues with fillings or prostheses, or other issues that may affect your oral health. The old saying holds–that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and a dental exam and cleaning offer many opportunities for identifying and stopping oral health issues.
There are many benefits to our professional dental cleaning services, from a better smile to improved overall health. If it’s time for an exam and cleaning, reach out to us today and we’ll make an appointment to get you in to see us and see what we can do to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.