The Importance of Professional Cleanings
Routine brushing and flossing is important to your oral hygiene and overall health; however, there are some things that a professional teeth cleaning can do that you can’t get done with just a toothbrush. A professional cleaning (at intervals determined by Dr. Schultz, based on the health of your bone, teeth, and gums) has many benefits, including the ones listed below—so be an A+ patient and don’t skip your next cleaning!
If you forget to brush or floss, or don’t do it properly, plaque can build up on your teeth and harden into tartar (calculus). Plaque is the leading cause of tooth decay and once it becomes calculus, it’s impossible to remove on your own! As plaque sits on your teeth, the acids released by this biofilm begin to eat away at your teeth, causing cavities. A trip to your Newnan dentist can remove this harmful plaque before it has a chance to damage those pearly whites!
Stop Tooth Loss
Cavities aren’t the worst thing that plaque can cause. When plaque and tartar builds up, it can also lead to gum disease: a major cause of tooth loss in adults. If gum disease is left untreated, it will continue to advance, damaging the bone and causing teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. You can keep your smile full and healthy with regular trips to the dentist to remove this plaque and calculus, and stop gum disease in its tracks!
Fight Tooth Discoloration
If you regularly drink coffee, tea, or wine (I’m guilty of all three), you can develop stains on your teeth that dull your smile. A professional cleaning can help to reduce or eliminate stains that have built up, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile that you can feel confident showing off!
Boost Overall Health
During regular cleanings, Dr. Schultz can detect early signs of medical conditions and diseases related to your overall health. Many studies have shown a link between your oral health and conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Your dentist can also detect the first signs of oral cancer, which can be a life-threatening condition, if not detected early enough.
Skipping a professional cleaning would mean missing out on all these benefits, and many more! To schedule your next cleaning appointment at Schultz Family Dental, contact our office today! For more information, visit our blog!