Maintaining healthy teeth and gums requires enjoying a healthy, balanced diet, brushing and flossing daily, and seeing your dentist for routine teeth cleanings. Getting your smile cleaned by a professional every six months provides the deep cleansing they need to prevent a variety of oral health issues.
Top 5 Reasons to Schedule Routine Teeth Cleanings With Your Dentist
1. Tartar Removal
The hardened form of plaque, tartar accumulates under the gumline and can only be removed by a dental hygienist or dentist. Without regular removal it will irritate the gums and promote gum recession and infections. Tartar left to accumulate will also eventually cause periodontal or gum disease. The disease will break down gum tissue and causes bone loss.
2. Cavity Check
Teeth cleanings include comprehensive checks for tooth decay, or cavities. Most cavities go unnoticed until they are in their later stages and cause tooth pain. Your dentist will alert you to any cavities you have so you can get them filled and prevent issues such as serious nerve pain and the need for root canals.
3. Teeth & Jawbone X-Rays
Examining your teeth and jawbone using X-ray technology detects any “invisible” issues such as cysts, inflammation, bone decay, and tumors. X-rays also check for wisdom teeth and whether any existing wisdom teeth have started to erupt; these crowd other teeth, resulting in alignment and bite problems.
4. Oral Cancer Check
Yet another preventative benefit regular teeth cleanings offer is checking for oral cancer. As with any cancer type, early detection provides the key to successful treatment. Your dentist will also suggest practices that decrease your oral cancer risk, such as quitting tobacco product use and making diet changes.
5. Whiter Smile
Routine professional teeth cleanings have cosmetic benefits as well. Dentists and dental hygienists remove plaque and surface stains that lead to dull, discolored teeth so you can smile with extra confidence. Your teeth will feel as good as they look.
Schedule your next teeth cleaning at Timber Drive Dental, the Rhinelander, WI, dental facility serving the Northwoods area for over 20 years. Patient education and comfort, flexible payment options, and a full suite of general and cosmetic dentistry services form the foundation of this renowned practice. Call (715) 365-1800 today to book your cleaning or visit their website to learn more about services. Like the dental team on Facebook to keep the helpful tips coming.