You see the reminder pop up on your phone, and you groan. “I’m brushing my teeth every day,” you think. “What’s the big deal about skipping this dental cleaning?”
You might even know the American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits to get your teeth cleaned and checked for issues. But you still don’t want to go.
To help convince you further, here are four benefits of professional teeth cleaning, courtesy of your friends at Silicon Valley Dental Associates in Sunnyvale, California.
Catch decay and disease early
Brushing and flossing are effective techniques to keep your teeth clean. But no matter how diligently you stick to your routine, you can’t quite accomplish what a dental hygienist can. They have professional tools and equipment designed to reach every corner of your mouth.
Regular cleanings keep plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth. That, in turn, prevents bacteria from descending on your gums and causing periodontitis. Getting your teeth cleaned professionally allows your dentist to check for signs of this gum disease.
They can also check your teeth for any signs of decay that may lead to cavities. Getting an early jump on issues like these makes treating problems much easier.
Brighten your appearance
Your teeth can become stained and discolored over time from normal eating and drinking. And hardened plaque and tartar tend to leave your teeth looking dull and grimy. The best way to deal with this problem is to have your teeth professionally cleaned.
Scraping off plaque and tartar whitens your teeth by removing unwanted substances. Cleaning and polishing can get rid of stains and colors quickly. And brighter teeth might just give you a confidence boost and reduce your tendency to cover your mouth when you smile.
Prevent bad breath
Halitosis, or bad breath, is often caused by an underlying dental problem. If you have plaque buildup, for example, the bacteria forming the plaque can give off an unpleasant smell, which may cause your bad breath.
Try an experiment: Ask your partner if your breath smells better after a dental visit than before. They’re likely to notice an improved smell after your professional teeth cleaning.
Improve your overall health
Clean teeth are important for the overall health of your body too. Your mouth is an entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts. Without regular cleanings, bad bacteria can accumulate in your mouth and slip into the rest of the body, causing health issues.
Those issues include endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, and pneumonia. Do your body a favor and get your teeth cleaned.
If it’s been a while since you visited a dentist, call Silicon Valley Dental Associates to set up an appointment or use the convenient online scheduler. Don’t wait to get the dazzling, healthy smile you deserve.