Most people understand it is in their interest to visit with the dentist every single year. However, plenty of people are unaware of the fact that it will prove impossible to attain optimal oral health unless they meet with the dentist once every six months. Your teeth and gums need regular cleanings in order to remain healthy, functional and pain-free. Unfortunately, a surprising number of patients skip their scheduled dental cleanings assuming a visit once every 9 months or 12 months will suffice. The exact opposite is true. Here’s why.
Professional Dental Cleanings are Necessary to Prevent Gum Disease
If your gums become inflamed, you will likely have gingivitis. This is the beginning of gum disease. Gum disease is commonly caused by the accumulation of plaque around your teeth. This built-up plaque can cause your teeth to swell, resulting in bloody gums when brushing. Plaque that spurs the dreaded gum diseases is a combination of bacteria and food. This plaque must be eliminated in order to maintain your dental health. However, your toothbrush and floss cannot clean plaque in the manner that your dentist’s specialized dental instruments can. The dentist has the tools, intellect, and experience necessary to scrape away the plaque for good, helping you maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.
The Smile of Your Dreams
If you are concerned about the look of your smile, it is imperative you visit with the dentist for a cleaning1 and examination at least once every six months. In fact, some of those who are self-conscious about their smile visit the dentist at an even higher frequency. Let the dentist perform an in-depth cleaning of your teeth and you won’t have to worry about a potential problem that leads to a compromised smile and/or compromised oral health. The bottom line is your teeth need to be professionally cleaned with the proper dental instruments to ensure your smile remains a lovely shade of white.
Regular Dental Cleanings Decrease the Chances of a Stroke or Heart Attack
Bacteria within the mouth will harm the teeth as well as the gums. Sadly, this bacteria gradually moves into the bloodstream. Bacteria within the bloodstream heightens the chances of a heart attack and/or stroke. You read that right. Regular teeth cleanings performed at the dentist’s office really can eliminate the bacteria that spikes the potential for a heart attack or stroke. Deep dental cleanings are effective as they minimize inflammation caused by harmful bacteria. Reduced inflammation boosts blood vessel functionality to ensure blood flows across the entirety of your body.
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6-Month Cleanings Prevent Cavities and Halitosis
It is better to prevent cavities and halitosis by putting in the work ahead of time rather than attempt to cure them after the fact. The dentist’s professional cleaning of your teeth will scrape dreaded plaque away from your pearly whites. Plaque is the top cause of tooth decay. If plaque were to remain on your teeth, it would gradually wear away your tooth enamel. You cannot get your tooth enamel back. Furthermore, a strict reliance on at-home brushing and flossing will not clean the teeth to the point necessary to ward off cavities. Consider the fact that you are more likely to develop halitosis or bad breath if you skip your 6-month dental visits. Halitosis will diminish your confidence, make other people hesitant to stand/sit near you and possibly even derail your career.
Professional Dental Cleanings Reduce the Chances of Dementia
Periodontal bacteria have the potential to spur inflammation in the body. Body inflammation has been tied to a higher incidence of dementia. It is becoming increasingly clear that the failure to properly clean the teeth and gums heightens inflammation and ultimately worsens the impact of dementia.
Identify Dental Problems Before They Worsen
Meet with the dentist for a cleaning every six months and he or she will have the opportunity to determine if anything is wrong with your mouth. If these problems are identified sooner rather than later, you will ultimately spend that much less money at the dentist’s office, spend less time in the dentist’s chair and endure less discomfort.
Safeguard Your Teeth for the Long Haul
Gum disease begins with the accumulation of plaque. If you end up with gum disease, there is an increased likelihood you will experience tooth loss. As gum disease progresses, plaque moves that much farther down the tooth all the way to the point at which it can destroy the supportive bone within the jaw. If this bone is compromised, the teeth are likely to loosen and subsequently fall out. You can greatly minimize the odds of losing one or several teeth by simply visiting with your dentist once every six months for a thorough cleaning.
Freedom Dental is Here to Help
When was the last time your teeth were professionally cleaned? If it has been longer than six months, it is time to get those pearly whites cleaned so they look their best and prove healthy across posterity. Reach out to Freedom Dental today to schedule an appointment2 for your cleaning, examination and/or restoration. You can reach our dental health experts by dialing (707) 422-2236.