While routine dental care is beneficial to overall dental health, many people choose to only visit the dentist when they are experiencing pain. Today our Pickering dentists discuss the importance of routine visits and cleanings to help keep your teeth healthy.
First things first, it is important to understand that we recommend coming in every 6 months to Pickering Smiles for a professional cleaning even if you have good home care practices and are not currently experiencing any pain. Good brushing and flossing habits are certainly important, but there are tangible benefits to your dental health from regular visits for a professional cleaning.
Why are Dental Cleanings Important?
While there is a multitude of reasons why dental cleanings can benefit your oral health, some of the main reasons include:
Removing plaque and tartar buildup
No matter how astutely you brush at home, there are likely some hard-to-reach places on your teeth where plaque has an easier time settling and proliferating. If not removed, it only takes approximately 24 hours for plaque to harden into tartar which is considerably more difficult to remove. Only a trained hygienist at your Pickering dentist can remove tartar once it has formed, and they'll have no trouble reaching the plaque that you can't reach at home.
Preventing oral health problems
Preventive dental care is a key way to avoid experiencing dental disease and unpleasant conditions. Visiting your dentist at least every six months for a professional cleaning will help keep gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health diseases at bay. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy means that you will be at a lower risk of tooth loss later on in life.
Correcting oral health problems early
After prevention, catching oral health problems early is the next best thing for ensuring speedy and effective treatment. In the early stages, gum disease and tooth decay can be reversed if the proper steps are taken. Treatment is not only easier but also a lot more affordable early on. The cost of not visiting the dentist regularly can easily outgrow the cost of dental cleanings.
Dentists are also often the first primary healthcare practitioners to detect signs of oral cancer, which is typically much more responsive to treatment if caught early.
Mainting good oral health
Teeth can quickly become discoloured from too much plaque and tartar buildup. By going for regular dental cleaning, you might get to enjoy a brighter and whiter smile on top of a healthier one. Your dentist and hygienist will also be able to give you personalized pointers on how to keep your teeth whiter, and they may suggest cosmetic dental treatments for you as well.
Book a routine cleaning at our Pickering dental clinic today
At Pickering Smiles, our professional dental cleaning services aim to help keep our clients' oral health at its best. Our hygienists make sure to remove any plaque and tartar buildup they can, and they will also include an application of Sheer White at-home whitening treatment with your cleaning. If you'd like to find out more about the importance of regular dental visits, or if you'd like to book your appointment, then just contact our dental clinic in Pickering today.