The general advice on proper dental health is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss and rinse with mouthwash at least once a day. Along with this, it’s important to have regular dental cleanings with one of our hygienists. Apart from getting squeaky-clean teeth, did you know that dental cleanings provide many health benefits? Here are some of them!
Regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use can help you take care of your teeth pretty well. However, it is near impossible to ensure you clean every corner of your teeth and gums on your own. Dental cleanings help bridge the gap. Your hygienist will do a thorough cleaning on every surface of teeth in your mouth as well as your gums. This means, the tiny spaces that are easy to miss even with the most thorough brushing and flossing will be cleaned. This prevents plaque buildup, which can help you achieve a brighter and whiter smile. Your dentist can also recognize if your teeth are stained due to your diet. If you drink a lot of coffee or dark sodas, your teeth are more likely to be stained. A dentist can point this out and recommend which dietary changes to make so you can maintain a bright smile.
Cavities are not the only dental issue you should be worried about. A lack of adequate cleaning can also cause gum disease. Dental cleanings help give you a thorough cleaning, which can prevent gum disease. The continuous relationship between you and your dentist during dental cleanings will translate into better dental care that you do at home. The cleanings are an opportunity for your dentist to assess how you are brushing and flossing at home. If you are missing certain parts of your teeth while cleaning at home, your dentist can point them out and recommend techniques to clean them better.
If you have other health issues, you may need more frequent dental cleanings because of an increased risk of oral health problems. Regular dental cleanings reduce your risk of oral health issues – especially when other health problems can increase the likelihood of their development. For example, people with diabetes are more prone to dental issues. Certain blood pressure medicines can cause dry mouth, which can lead to a host of health problems. Regular dental cleanings are an opportunity for your dentist to catch issues early and recommend treatments.
Dentists do more than just clean teeth. They can also detect early symptoms of other health conditions, which can lead to complications if not treated quickly. One serious oral health condition is oral cancer. During regular dental cleanings, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer so you can get treated quickly.
Routine dental cleanings offer a lot of benefits. For a bright and healthy smile, head over to Marion Smile Center in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. Dr. Mark Marion and our team have won several dental awards, including Pittsburgh Magazine’s Top Dentists, because of the quality work they do.
Make an appointment today by calling (724) 452-4300. You can also request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you!