Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Regular Dental Cleanings

Why You Shouldn’t Put off Your Regular Dental Cleanings

November 20, 2020

It happens to the best of us. We get busy, and we move our dental appointments farther and farther because they don’t seem urgent. After all, you brush and floss like you’re supposed to. Why do you need the dentist to clean your teeth too?

Many of us don’t like going to the dentist because it’s uncomfortable. Someone sticking tools inside our mouths isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of a good time. Some of the products some dentists use, such as fluoride treatments, can be less than appetizing. 

Maybe you even get a cavity that doesn’t bother you enough to think you need to get it filled. So, you’re wondering if you should get it filled at all. 

The truth is that your dental cleanings are vital. Whether you’re saving time, money, or your comfort by avoiding them–you will probably have to sacrifice more in the long run. 

There Are Several Reasons For Getting Them Done On Schedule

Reason #1. Plaque Buildup

Even if you brush and floss daily, plaque can still get trapped and build up. It does this between your teeth and along your gum line. When plaque goes longer than 12 hours without being removed, it hardens into tartar. Tartar is one of the important things your dentist looks for when they clean your teeth. 

Tartar becomes nearly impossible to remove without your dental professional’s help. Tartar is full of bacteria that can cause many problems with your teeth, including cavities and tooth decay. 

Reason #2. You’re At Risk for Gum Disease

Regular brushing and flossing aren’t necessarily going to prevent damage. Not all of us use the correct techniques, which can cause our teeth not to get cleaned properly.

Gum disease affects half of Americans over 30 years of age. Bacteria and plaque produce acids that irritate the gums, causing gum disease. Neglecting the gum lines when you brush is usually the culprit. Seeing your dentist regularly not only helps prevent gum disease but can catch it early enough to prevent too much damage. 

If you have gum disease and don’t get it treated fast enough, the consequences could be catastrophic. At its worst, gum disease weakens the structures holding your teeth in place. This weakening can cause your teeth to loosen. They can even fall out. Thankfully, regular checkups can save your teeth.

Reason #3. Cavities

The acids that cause gum disease can erode enamel and cause cavities. You may not notice a cavity right away, but after some time, the decay spreads to the tooth’s inner layers. This decay can result in painful toothaches and sensitive teeth. 

The greatest mistake people make is waiting until the cavity hurts. By that point, you may already have irreversible damage to your tooth. 

If the decay touches the nerve in the middle of the tooth, you may need root canal therapy. This therapy can remove the nerve and save you from losing the tooth.

With regular checkups, dentists can catch cavities early, and all you will need is a filling. This early intervention saves you a lot of pain and grief.

Reason #4. Better-Looking Teeth

Not only do regular checkups keep your teeth healthier, but the paste used during cleanings help to polish and remove stains on your teeth as well. Most people like to have whiter teeth. It can also make your teeth look healthier. 

They will remove any visible plaque and tartar, making your teeth both healthier looking and healthier all-around. 

Any other cosmetic concerns can also be addressed, such as overbites, twisted or crooked teeth, broken teeth, and other problems. Dental professionals fix some concerns in the office and refer others to orthodontic treatment. Whatever your issue, you can literally design the smile of your dreams.  

Reason #5. Oral Cancer Screenings

Some dentists include oral cancer screenings with their regular exams. Like most cancers, oral cancer can be life-threatening. But it can be reversed if diagnosed early. 

Some symptoms of cancer include sores that bleed and do not heal; red or white spots/sores located anywhere in the oral cavity; a lump thickening or rough spot, difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue; and pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips.

The exam consists of a visual viewing of your mouth, as well as checking the tissue of your mouth and throat for anything abnormal. If dental professionals find a reason for concern, they will suggest further testing to determine the cause. One of these tests is a brush test, which collects cells for lesions in the mouth. They send the swab out to a lab for analysis. 

If anything abnormal comes back, they might recommend a biopsy. 

Make An Appointment

At Carrie Muzny and Associates, we have your needs and your comfort in mind. From cleanings to fillings, to whitening and veneers, we provide everything you need to get the smile you deserve. We cover several insurance providers, provide a variety of services, and have experience in many areas of dentistry. Contact us today for a consultation, and let’s show the world your brilliant smile. Contact us today to get on track to healthier teeth.

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