The truth is that if you do not have a dentist do teeth cleaning professionally twice each year—every six months—you could be putting your oral health at risk. Even good home care cannot do for your teeth and gums what a professional teeth cleaning can.
Has it been a while since you last had your teeth professionally cleaned? Perhaps you are a diligent brusher and flosser, so you have put off recent trips to the dentist, thinking they were unnecessary.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleaning
Having a good preventive care program that includes twice-yearly dental cleans can help prevent cavities by removing the build-up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque that is left on your teeth can also lead to gum disease.
Regular cleans will also brighten your smile and freshen your breath. It can also save money in the long run as you might be able to avoid dental treatment. Your dentist will be able to keep an eye on potential problems, spotting them in their earliest stages when treatment is less invasive—and less expensive.
When you see your dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleans, abnormalities can be spotted more readily. Oral cancer is not uncommon, especially among older adults and tobacco users, and early treatment is critical.
The Risk of Untreated Gum Disease
The only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy or not is by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. Why is it so important to have healthy gums? Because your teeth can’t really be healthy without them. In fact, letting your gum health go can lead to tooth loss.
Often gum disease is present without any signs, so many people go for months or even years before they seek treatment. When symptoms are present, they usually manifest in the following ways:
- $Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- $Swollen, red gums
- $Gum recession causes the teeth to start to look longer
As gum disease worsens, which it usually will without treatment, teeth might become loose. Finally, teeth might be lost as the disease progresses.
Gum disease treatment might be applied if it is discovered in its earliest stages. Later, however, management of the condition is the best you can usually hope for. Gum disease sufferers are often on a maintenance schedule of professional cleanings every few months.
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment for a dental check-up and cleaning. We will do everything we can to ensure your time with us is relaxed and comfortable. We welcome your call to schedule a booking.