Many busy people consider routine dental exams and cleanings to be a waste of their time, but this is actually an integral part of maintaining lifelong good dental health. Regular dental exams are important because they identify issues that are still in the early stage, which makes them far easier to treat. Certain types of dental health conditions, such as gingivitis, have the potential to evolve into serious conditions that pose major health risks, but if they’re identified early enough, it’s possible to stop them in their tracks and even to reverse their progression. This can’t happen, however, if you fail to schedule regular dental exams.
Why Cleanings Matter
Professional teeth cleanings not only whiten and brighten your smile, but they also remove bacterial buildup that brushing and flossing alone can’t. Your dentist uses a special, texturized toothpaste and a professional tooth polishing machine for this, and the cleanings generally last from between 30 minutes to an hour. Dental cleanings are particularly important for those with gingivitis or periodontal disease because they help keep the condition from progressing.
Most dental patients should schedule an appointment with their dentist for an exam or cleaning every six months. However, if you’ve got certain existing oral health issues, your dentist may recommend more frequent exams.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office at your convenience if you’ve got questions about maintaining the best possible oral health or to schedule an exam and professional tooth cleaning session.