One of the easiest and most affordable dental services that you can get is dental exams and cleanings. They are so beneficial that many dental insurance providers cover their costs knowing that they often prevent costlier procedures in the near future. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 64% of adults had a dental exam or cleaning done in the past 12 months. If you are procrastinating on your dental exam and cleaning, then here’s a closer look at why they are so important.
Lower Your Risk of Tooth Decay
When you have dental exams and cleanings done two or three times a year, your dentist has the best chance of catching any small issues, like a tiny area of decay that might turn into a significant cavity if ignored. A dental hygienist can clean your teeth and remove the plaque and tartar that typically begin to build up at the gum line or between your teeth. Removing the plaque and tartar leaves clean and polished tooth enamel that resists decay and enables your teeth to stay healthy and strong for many more years.
Make Your Teeth Whiter and Healthier
You can smile more confidently when you know your teeth are clean and looking their best. You might opt for a teeth-whitening procedure that makes your teeth look much whiter than they have in years. If you smoke, drink lots of coffee, or consume red wine, then your teeth are getting stained. A cleaning and whitening service can help to make your teeth many shades whiter and look a lot better when you smile and talk with others.
Reduce Potential Gum Disease
Regular dental cleanings and exams help to ensure your entire mouth is healthy and in good shape. Healthy teeth and gums greatly reduce the potential for gum disease that could affect many teeth and your overall health. Your dentist can take X-rays of your teeth and gums to see what’s happening inside your teeth and beneath the gums. If any signs of trouble are found, then your dentist can diagnose the problem and take care of it.
Prevent Bad Breath
Regular dental cleanings that keep your teeth in good shape and prevent gum disease also help keep bad breath at bay. Bad breath can be embarrassing but improves when you have regular cleanings and brush and floss your teeth. It also helps to use mouthwash.
You can call, send an online request, or visit our office to schedule dental exams and cleanings as needed. We look forward to taking care of your teeth. Don’t wait to call today!