We all know the rules to having a clean, healthy smile – dental hygiene is the main component of this dental hygiene process. So, you brush and floss twice a day at home and use mouthwash and you smile feels bright and shiny. If this is the case, why go to the dentist for teeth cleanings? After all, you’re doing all the hard work on a daily basis. Why does your dentist insist on cleaning your teeth every time you go in for a checkup? Believe it or not, it’s really necessary.
Teeth cleanings with your dentist are more thorough than the type of cleaning you do at home. Also, because our mouths are the first line of defense to our overall health, these dental cleanings help to prevent many other health problems. Still not convinced it’s necessary? In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, here are five reasons why your dentist needs to clean your teeth:
Gum disease prevention. Gum disease is an infection in your gums that can lead to tooth loss. Routine dental cleanings help to prevent gum disease.
Detection of oral cancer. With every dental cleaning comes an oral cancer screening. Early detection is key.
Maintaining good oral health. Cleaning your teeth gives your dentist insight into your habits and can offer tips to improve any technique issues.
Beautiful smile. When your teeth are healthy, clean and white, you are more confident and happy, which can only improve your social life and career possibilities.
Maintaining overall health. Gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke and low birth weight.