Around 49% of men and 57% of women only brush their teeth once a day. An even greater majority brush incorrectly or floss irregularly. At-home oral hygiene is important, but it’s also lacking enough that professional assistance is required. Dental cleanings are an extremely important part of maintaining your oral and holistic health. Read on to learn why dental cleanings are essential.
Dental Cleanings vs At-Home Brushing
Making brushing and flossing a habit is critical because it cares for your teeth daily. However, professional cleanings perform different functions. While brushing removes a lot of plaque from your teeth, it can’t do everything. Only specialized dental instruments can eliminate tartar, a hard substance that inevitably builds up under your gumline.
Some people who brush regularly also brush incorrectly. A dental cleaning ensures that you don’t suffer long-term impacts from poor brushing technique. You also will get some tips on how to improve your health at home.
Clean and Healthy Teeth
When you leave a dental appointment, your dental health is a clean slate. Your smile is at its brightest and your teeth are at their cleanest. All you need to do is maintain the level of health and hygiene that you walk out of the office with.
Oral Hygiene Tips and Tricks
There are tons of benefits of teeth cleaning, but you also will need to do some work on your own at home to keep your oral hygiene in good shape. Dentists can tell you what techniques you should use to brush and floss areas that you’re missing. They can tell you how much pressure to use as well.
Additionally, dental professionals can help you identify tools and at-home supplies to help you brush better. New types of mouthwash, Waterpik oral irrigators, and mouth guards to combat TMJ are good examples.
Early Identification of Problems
Dentists examine your teeth, jaw, and gums with expert knowledge. They also have tools that you don’t have such as X-rays and magnifying glasses. When they examine your mouth closely, they can find any minor issues that will worsen when untreated.
For example, quickly finding and identifying cavities means that you can quickly and easily fill them ASAP. If the cavities are untreated and get worse, you may need more costly, painful, and time-consuming treatments. Avoid bridges, root canals, and reconstruction by getting routine dental check-ups.
Holistic Health Promotion
Many people don’t know that poor dental health can impact the rest of your body as well. Oral bacteria can release into the bloodstream and cause heart issues that lead to heart disease and even cardiac arrest. It can also impact your respiratory system if it makes its way into your lungs.
Fortunately, you have nothing to worry about if you see the dentist regularly. They can keep your mouth in top shape to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Schedule a Teeth Cleaning Today
Now that you know the importance of regular dental cleanings, it’s time to book one for yourself and your family. Dr. Groth and the rest of the team are committed to ensuring that your smile is both healthy and beautiful. We offer routine check-ups, cleanings, x-rays, and other services.