Hello, happy New Year, and thanks for stopping by our blog. To get the new year started off right, we’re going to give our readers a quick run-down of five reasons why you should get your yearly tooth cleaning scheduled now. Keep reading to learn more.

Dental Cleanings Are Important

Obviously, it’s vital that we all brush and floss twice a day, every day. But, did you know that it’s equally important to visit the dentist for an annual cleaning? That’s because during a dental cleaning, we’re able to remove built-up plaque deposits that can’t be removed via daily brushing.

While we’ll go into this next point in further depth as we progress in the article, dental cleanings are so important because they essentially serve as a professional consultation for one of the most important parts of your body — your mouth.

After all, a healthy mouth is required to eat, speak, sing, and so much more. So it’s imperative that you take the proper steps to maintain the health and functionality of your mouth and teeth. 

They Serve As Preventative Care

This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that dental cleanings are important because they remove built-up plaque — they also serve to prevent dental ailments like gum disease and cavities. Additionally, they prevent halitosis (that’s just the fancy name for bad breath)!

It’s important to remember that dental cleanings alone won’t serve as preventative oral care on their own. You must pair annual dental cleanings with routine brushing and flossing for optimal oral health.

They Maintain Past Dental Work

On one hand, dental cleanings help maintain past dental work like fillings or implants, because they’re receiving a thorough, professional cleaning. By keeping your dental work clean and unobstructed, it’s going to stay in tip-top shape longer, saving you money and keeping your mouth healthy. 

On the other hand, by getting a routine dental cleaning, your dentist will be able to inspect the dental work you’ve had previously done and ensure that everything’s in working order. Hopefully, everything will be in pristine condition, but in the event that something is wrong, a dental professional will be able to highlight that and get it fixed.

Utilizing Existing Resources

If you have health insurance, it’s likely that a yearly dental cleaning is included in your package. If this is the case, it’s a no-brainer to get a dental cleaning scheduled. Truthfully, if your insurance plan includes a dental checkup, it’d be a major misstep to fail to use it! You’re essentially gaining access to an essential form of care — for free!

They Serve As A Screening Method

Perhaps the most valuable secondary benefit of dental cleanings is that they can serve to identify certain oral ailments. Starting simply, during a dental cleaning, your technician will be able to identify gum disease, or even the signs that gum disease may soon take hold in your mouth. 

Going further, dental cleanings can also screen for more serious oral afflictions. Oral cancer, for instance, can be identified through a dental check-up. This is especially important considering the fact that oral cancer can be alleviated if it’s caught early enough.

Additionally, dental check-ups can help identify bruxism, or the grinding of the teeth. While perhaps not as pressing as oral cancer, bruxism can cause some serious damage to your oral health. What’s more, most grinding takes place when we sleep, so it’s likely that you may not even realize you have bruxism until your dental check-up.

Salvatore Dental

Thank you for stopping by our blog! Hopefully this gave you some insight into why it’s so important to get an annual dental cleaning/check-up. If you’re ready to schedule your dental check-up for 2020, or if you have any questions about what we’ve discussed in this blog, please contact us today!