When leaving our office after a routine cleaning, you probably feel pleased with how bright your smile looks, how great your breath smells, and how smooth your teeth feel. These are certainly important reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned. However, the benefits of regular cleanings at Weissman Dental don’t end there. In addition to a squeaky clean feeling that makes you want to flash your smile to the world, routine cleanings offer other benefits that are more far-reaching.
No matter how well and how regularly you brush and floss, there is always some plaque left behind each time. This acidic substance builds up between visits to our office and can eat away at your tooth enamel and potentially cause tooth decay and cavities. However, regular preventative cleanings are extra powerful and serve to interrupt plaque buildup.
Cleanings Come With Check-Ups
Most patients don’t know how to spot major oral health issues, but our dentists and hygienists do. Every time you visit our office, our team will have an eye out for issues that are more serious than stains or plaque buildup. These include gum disease and oral cancer, among others. Moreover, we’ll take x-rays to look for any issues below your gums that can be detected in the early stages.
Help With Stained Teeth
There are several enjoyable beverages that can really stain your teeth, including black tea, red wine, and coffee. Again, a routine cleaning can remove these stains far better than regular brushing and flossing will. Like interrupting plaque buildup, it will also interrupt the buildup of stains, keeping your teeth consistently whiter overall.
Prevention of Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
The most common way gum disease begins is due to the buildup of plaque, and gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. As it progresses, plaque will move further down the teeth and can start to eat away at your tooth roots and your jawbone. When this happens, your teeth are at risk of severe decay and of falling out. You can greatly reduce the risk of this happening to you by getting routine cleanings.
Overall Health Boost
Your oral health and overall health are closely interconnected, with oral health issues contributing to certain diseases and vice versa. These diseases include stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Not only will routine cleanings keep your mouth healthy for fighting diseases, but they will give us the opportunity during your oral exam to spot diseases in the earliest stages.
Money Saving Habit
Most dental insurance plans only require very low copays or none at all for preventative dental care. Taking your insurance company up on their offer for low cost routine exams and cleanings will help ensure that any serious issues are nipped in the bud before they end up requiring expensive procedures.
It’s easy to look at routine dental cleanings as something that’s difficult to fit into a hectic schedule. However, a small inconvenience here and there can save lots of hassle and money for more complex procedures in the future. Weissman Dental would be happy to help you maintain a beautiful smile and keep you healthier overall. Feel free to give us a call at (503) 274-2222 to schedule a visit.