Many people will only visit their dentist when they are feeling pain or discomfort in their gums and teeth. But here, our Saskatoon dentists explain why regular dental appointments for professional cleanings are important even if you feel well.
First things first, it is important to understand that we recommend coming in every 6 months to Sutherland Dental Group for a professional cleaning even if you have good home care practices and are not currently experiencing any pain. Good brushing and flossing habits are certainly important, but there are tangible benefits to your dental health from regular visits for a professional cleaning.
Why Schedule Professional Dental Cleanings?
There are a number of reasons to book regular professional dental cleanings, including:
Removing plaque and tartar buildup
No matter how well you brush at home, there are some hard-to-reach places where plaque has an easy time building up in your smile. If not promptly removed, plaque can start to harden into a stick substance called tartar in as little as 24 hours. Only a trained dental hygienist or dentist will be able to remove tartar once it has formed.
They'll have no trouble reaching the plaque that you can't reach at home.
Preventing oral health problems
Preventive dentistry is the best tool that dentists have in the fight against oral disease. Visiting your dentist at least every six months for a professional cleaning will help keep gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health diseases at bay. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy means that you will be at a lower risk of tooth loss later on in life.
Correcting oral health problems early
Aside from prevention, catching oral health issues early is the next best thing for ensuring that you have a speedy and effective treatment. In its earliest stages, gum disease and tooth decay may be reversible if the proper steps are taken. Treatments are not only easier, but more affordable in the earliest stages of an oral health issue. The cost of avoiding a dental appointment can eventually grow well beyond the cost of routine dental cleanings.
Dentists are also often the first primary healthcare practitioners to detect signs of oral cancer, which is typically much more responsive to treatment if caught early.
Maintaining a healthy smile
Teeth can quickly become discoloured from too much plaque and tartar buildup. By going for regular dental cleaning, you might get to enjoy a brighter and whiter smile on top of a healthier one. Your dentist and hygienist will also be able to give you personalized pointers on how to keep your teeth whiter, and they may suggest cosmetic dental treatments for you as well.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning at our Saskatoon Dental Clinic Today
At Sutherland Dental Group, our professional dental cleaning services aim to help keep our clients' oral health at its best. Our hygienists make sure to remove any plaque and tartar buildup they can, and they will also include an application of Sheer White at-home whitening treatment with your cleaning.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of regularly scheduled dental appointments, or if you want to book your next appointment with us, contact our Saskatoon dental office today.