The importance of regular dental check-ups and cleanings is a list that never ends!
Especially during 2021, when the majority of our patients are limiting appointments due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever to know the crucial role that dental check-ups and cleanings play in our oral health… and how to spot if you’re overdue for one!
Be sure to bookmark this blog for future reference. Without further ado, let’s move on to our masterlist of dental check-ups and cleanings-related benefits!
Myth: Dental Cleanings Are Simply for Whitening Your Smile
Contrary to what some patients may believe, dental cleanings are not simply for whitening your smile. While it is true that your dental hygienist can remove surface-level stains more easily and thoroughly than one can do at home, the reasons for consistently coming in for dental cleanings run much deeper.
Dental and oral health has been proven to be directly linked to overall health. Meaning? That insufficient oral health can directly lead to associated health concerns such as, but not limited to, strokes, cancers, bone loss, and cardiovascular disease.
Alongside helping to keep your overall health in check, dental cleanings can work to prevent gum disease and early tooth loss by removing offending plaque; can give your dental hygienist the opportunity to detect compromised filings, factures, and dental concerns associated with teeth grinding or teeth clenching; and can help you save money in the long-run by diminishing potential oral concerns and advising you on how to upkeep your teeth between visits.
Myth: Dental Check-Ups Should Only Be Done When You Think You Have a Dental Or Oral Concern
The importance of regular dental check-ups (regardless of if you believe yourself to be in good dental and oral health) lies in the fact that having a professional periodically evaluate your mouth is invaluable when it comes to preventing major concerns and preserving your smile.
Even if your teeth feel or look fine, there are many potential threats that are not visible to the naked eye. Coming in for regular dental check-ups promotes:
- Consistent, up-to-date X-rays, which can help detect early cavities or other potential concerns before they compromise your teeth
- The discovery of oral cancer, which leads to faster, potentially life-saving treatment
- Prevention of bad breath
- The protection against gum disease, cavities, and broken fillings
- A professional analysis of your neck, throat, tongue, face, and head if any swelling is detected, which may be a sign of cancer or infection
Regardless of your age or the state of your smile, dental check-ups are your best bet for preventing serious oral and dental concerns.
Book Your Next Dental Check-Up and Cleaning Today With Arch Dental
We recommend that you come in for a dental check-up and cleaning every six months.
If you are overdue, contact us today to preserve your smile and your general health.