5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Your Dental Cleaning

If your teeth and gums don’t hurt, you may consider skipping your bi-annual dental cleaning and checkup. However, doing so could lead to severe and costly oral health issues in the long run.

Dr. Jerome Bock of Cityview Dental Arts in the Bucktown and Wicker Park areas of Chicago, Illinois, explains the importance of routine preventive dental care. Below, he offers the following 5 reasons why you should keep up with these appointments.

1. Prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss

We trust you brush twice a day and floss at least once. Even so, that isn’t enough to ensure healthy teeth and gums. It requires a dentist or dental hygienist with their instrumentation and expertise to clean the crevices and hard-to-reach spots you can’t reach on your own. 

Without professional cleaning, these areas are prone to tartar and plaque buildup, which promote the growth of harmful bacteria. These bacteria can multiply under the gum line, causing your gums to recede, and eventually, tooth loss. 

2. Brighten your smile

If you drink coffee, tea, wine, or colas, you are at risk for even greater surface staining. Smoking is another cause of tooth staining. Maintaining your professional cleaning appointments will keep your smile bright and white.

3. Diagnose potential issues before they become severe

Through routine dental X-rays and oral inspection, your dentist can detect issues while they are minor and most easily treated. This includes such common problems as: cavities, gum recession, cracks in your teeth, and the arrival of wisdom teeth. By addressing these concerns early, treatment is generally simpler, quicker, and less costly than waiting.

Your dental professional screens for possible signs of oral cancer. They look for any swollen, red, or ulcerated areas. Patients who smoke or drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day are at an increased risk. As with most cancers, early detection is key to successful treatment.

4. Healthy mouth, healthy body

Your biannual dental cleanings are key in preventing dental disease. But these regular visits to the dentist also benefit your overall health. For example, bacterial inflammation of your gums, a precursor to gum disease, is believed to play a role in blood clot formation and clogged arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease. 

Also, bacteria in your mouth can enter your bloodstream and lead to other infections, such as endocarditis, a type of heart infection. 

5. Maintain fresh breath

Plaque, tartar, and bacteria are culprits of bad breath. As noted earlier, your regular brushing doesn’t remove everything. That means there are some bacteria still lurking in your mouth, causing bad breath. 

Schedule your dental cleaning today

If it has been more than six months since your last dental cleaning, you are overdue. Give Cityview Dental Arts a call at 309-432-5483, or book an appointment online today.

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