7 Good Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Your Dental Cleaning

Having excellent oral health is a big part of your overall well-being and health. To live a truly healthy lifestyle, you need to visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning. 

Many patients skip their bi-annual cleanings with the excuse that it isn't necessary, or they don't have the time, or that it isn’t affordable. But the benefits far outweigh these excuses for not coming in for a cleaning. 

David E. Willey, DMD, and his team want you to know how important it is for you to come in every six months for your cleaning. Here are seven reasons why you should schedule your cleaning today. 

1. Prevent tooth decay 

It is vital that you brush and floss every day. But this isn’t enough to prevent tooth decay. In fact, 80% of young adults are living with fillings, cavities, or filled teeth. Dr. Willey and his team inspect for signs of tooth decay. 

If they find anything, they discuss it with you, along with possible procedures to fix it. This will prevent the decay from becoming a more serious and expensive problem later on. 

2. Brighten your smile

The foods and liquids you drink can create surface stains. Your brushing can clean your teeth, but not remove these stains on the surface. By visiting your dentist for a cleaning, they can remove them. 

If you drink coffee, tea, wine, or colas, then you are at risk for even greater surface staining. Smoking is another cause of tooth staining. 

3. Prevent gum disease 

The buildup of tartar and plaque encourages harmful bacteria to grow. These bacteria multiply under the gum line, which in turn causes your gums to recede. If left unchecked, this could result in gum disease and tooth loss. 

4. Remove what your toothbrush missed 

It doesn’t matter how careful you brush or how amazing your toothbrush. You can’t get everything while brushing at home. Your dental hygienist has the tools and skills to get in all of the crevices. 

5. Screen for oral cancer 

Our team at David E. Willey, DMD, PL Aesthetic & Comprehensive General Dentistry do so much more than just clean your teeth. While you get your teeth cleaned, your hygienist inspects the condition of your teeth, gums, and mouth. 

We look for any swollen, red, or ulcerated areas. If anything looks out of the ordinary, we alert you. People that have a higher risk are those who smoke or drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day. 

6. Prevent or diagnose disease 

Some serious medical conditions are connected with the condition of your teeth and mouth. Diabetes is a common condition that affects the condition of your teeth.

 Diabetes lowers your ability to fight infections, which affects your teeth and gums. One study showed that by improving your dental care and making lifestyle improvements, patients had improved glycemic and periodontal conditions. 

Another serious risk is heart disease. Studies show that having excellent oral health can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease. 

7. Maintain fresh breath

For some of us, struggling with bad breath is a daily burden. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria are the culprits. As we covered, your regular brushing doesn’t remove everything. That means there are some bacteria still lurking in your mouth, causing bad breath. 

Since your dental hygienist cleans what your toothbrush can’t, your bi-annual cleaning is another tool in your arsenal against bad breath. 

Schedule your dental cleaning today

If it has been more than a year since your last dental cleaning, you are overdue. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Willey and his team and let them clean and inspect your teeth. You’ll leave knowing that your teeth are well cared for and that your mouth is healthy. Request an appointment today and have your teeth cleaned. 

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