Having regular teeth cleanings is vital to the health of your teeth and gums. The truth is that most people’s dental hygiene routine consists merely of brushing their teeth at home and only flossing when they are trying to get food out from between them. Brushing at home without professional cleanings will provide minimal results when it comes to your oral health. When visiting our office you can rest at ease knowing that our staff is trained to make sure you get the best professional- teeth cleaning with each visit. The question is:

How often should you come in to see us?

People may think that the frequency of professional teeth cleaning depends on the health of your teeth and gums. Take your car for example, most would say to change your oil every 3,000 to 6,000 miles, but depending on how often you drive, weather conditions, and the year it was made, that rule can be more on the bendable side. However, this does not apply to dental visits. You wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth one day just because you only ate an apple instead of that delicious crockpot roast beef right?

The health of our mouths deserve to have more attention than our vehicles receive (you know who you are). As health care professionals, we recommend you come in to see us every 6 months. You can even bring your car.

Why is this important?

1 – Let’s start with the big one – Oral Cancer.

Regular dental visits can help detect oral cancer and ultimately save your life. People that frequently use tobacco of any kind, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, and chew or who have above average alcohol consumption are much more likely to get oral cancer. Ask us for an oral screening during your next visit.

2 – Detecting and sterilizing infection.

Infection causes loss in bone and bone is the anchor for your teeth. When the bone deteriorates from infection, the tooth falls out. If your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss you most likely have an infection. Blood in your mouth is not normal, no matter what anyone tells you. With regular visits we can make sure we detect any infection and sterilize it before it becomes a major problem.

3 – Avoid bad breath

We are not talking about the dreaded morning breath that everyone has, we are talking about the smell of infection. This puts any type of onion breath to shame and is not something that you can just mouthwash away. Frequent teeth cleanings can help you avoid becoming “that guy” who always seems to be offered a piece of winterfresh gum.

4 – Keeping your teeth nice and white

Having a nice-pretty-white smile can make or break you in many ways. Being embarrassed when you smile is the opposite of fun for anybody. Brushing and flossing can help keep your pearly whites dazzling, but teeth cleanings are definitely a requirement too.

5- Remove biofilm and calculus

Last, but certainly not least, is the removal of biofilm. What is this you may ask? It is a colonizing bacteria that forms in your mouth and sticks to the tooth’s surface allowing organisms to adhere for long periods of time. Biofilm is soft at first, but then hardens and becomes necessary to be removed with proper dental tools.

Don’t wait until your oral health takes a turn for the worse to make your next appointment with us. Come visit our office and take the right steps towards the path of regular teeth cleanings.