Most cultures have some sort of proverb about the benefits of proper healthcare:
“A stitch in time saves nine.”
“There’s no time like the present.”
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
These phrases are so common because they’re true. Dental care is no exception. Keeping up with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings is vital to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Why Are Regular Checkups and Cleanings Necessary?
Brushing and flossing both regularly and well are absolutely vital to keeping your teeth in good condition, but these practices aren’t enough on their own. There are several reasons for this:
- Plaque is a bacterial film that develops on your teeth every day. Brushing and flossing keeps it at bay, but plaque is sneaky. It has a special talent for getting into hard-to-clean places and staying there. Regular cleanings can take care of what your toothbrush cannot.
- Tartar develops whenever a buildup of plaque has a chance to mineralize. Tartar irritates your gums and bone, causing gum disease, and it cannot be removed at home. A professional dental cleaning is necessary to eliminate tartar and begin the healing process for irritated tissues.
- Not all cavities are caused by insufficient oral hygiene. Sometimes a small crack has formed in the tooth’s enamel, or perhaps an infection has entered the tooth’s root. Regular checkups ensure that these conditions are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
- During your cleaning, we can keep a well-trained eye out for any other conditions, such as oral cancer. Just as with a cavity, though on a much more severe level, oral cancer is much easier to treat when diagnosed early. The sooner the better.
Here at Discovery Dental, we want to help you stay healthy!
Schedule Your Cleaning With Discovery Dental
We recommend coming in for a cleaning and checkup at least twice a year. This gives us a chance to track your dental health. You can get a fresh new start every six months!
We also recommend two visits a year so that cavities and cracks don’t have too much of a chance to worsen.
However, if you have been in an accident that resulted in damage to your teeth or if you are experiencing severe pain, don’t wait until your semi-annual appointment! Let us restore your health and comfort as soon as possible.
Let Discovery Dental help you achieve the excellent oral health you deserve. Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or to set up an appointment.