The American Dental Association recommends that people visit their dentist twice yearly for oral exams, cleaning, and x-rays. The dental visits offer patients a chance to ask questions about their oral health or any concerns they have about pending dental procedures.When preparing for such appointments, it is better to make a list of the questions,…
Four Benefits of a Dental Cleaning
A dental cleaning is a simple and non-invasive dental procedure in which plaque and tartar accumulation is scaled away and the teeth and gum line are thoroughly cleaned and polished. There are several notable benefits of this preventive dental procedure that patients should understand.
Dental cleaning: what are the advantages?
The benefits of dental cleaning include the ability to brighten and clean your smile, reduce the risk of gum disease, freshen your breath, and save money long-term. This review looks in detail at each of these four benefits of dental cleaning that patients should consider.
Dental cleanings can brighten your smile
Plaque, which is essentially a film of bacteria, often has a yellow color to it that can make teeth look dirty and stained. When plaque hardens, then it can become even darker and more noticeable. A dental cleaning removes most of the plaque and tartar on teeth, which subsequently often removes teeth stains as well. This often leaves the patient with a bright and beautiful smile they are proud to show off each day.
Dental cleanings can help prevent gum disease
Gum disease can develop when bacteria accumulate along and below the gumline without proper cleaning. A dental cleaning can reduce the risk of gum disease by cleaning along the gumline. If gum disease has developed, then the dentist can quickly detect it during the cleaning visit and help the patient treat any concerns in the earliest stages possible. If gum disease goes untreated for an extended period of time, the risk of early tooth loss increases substantially, along with causing other concerns such as bone loss inside the jaw.
Regular cleanings can save you money long-term
One of the most common reasons patients push off their dental cleaning visits is they do not want to pay the cost of the dental cleaning. However, dental cleanings are an affordable procedure for most without insurance and often fully covered for patients that have dental insurance. When compared with the cost of more expensive procedures that are often necessary among patients that do not receive regular cleanings, dental cleanings can actually save the patient money long-term.
Dental cleanings can provide you with fresh breath
Nobody wants bad breath, but all too many have it even if they do not realize it. When plaque and tartar accumulate and gum disease develops, then it can naturally put off an undesirable odor. A dental cleaning can remove the plaque and tartar and subsequently freshen the patient’s breath. The dentist can also provide insights into how the patient can keep their breath fresh between visits.
Are you ready to schedule a dental cleaning visit?
Everyone should be able to enjoy a fresh, clean, and healthy smile at all times. We do all we can to help our patients prevent the need for expensive and often invasive treatment procedures to address preventable oral health concerns through regular dental cleaning visits. To learn more or to schedule a visit, reach out to us today.
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