We’re now three months into 2019, and if you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist for a cleaning, it’s time to stop putting it off. Outside of maintaining your oral health, dental cleanings serve a variety of other purposes that can lead to short and long-term benefits. Here are a few reasons why you should consider scheduling a dental cleaning if you haven’t done so in the last 4-6 months.
Remove Stains: Over the course of months, you put your teeth in contact with harsh foods and beverages; including dark, acidic sauces, wine, and sugary soda or juice. Your dental hygienist can remove most of the stains that dull and discolor your teeth, which will leave you with a brighter, whiter smile.
Prevent Gum Disease: Having your teeth cleaned can help prevent gum disease, which leads to early tooth loss. Additionally, a strong link exists between cardiovascular disease and gum disease. Since cleanings can help prevent gum disease, it can also reduce your chances of potentially deadly heart attacks and strokes.
Early Detection: One person dies from oral cancer every hour in the U.S., but many of these cancers are curable if detected at an early stage during a routine cleaning. Cleanings also allow for your hygienist to detect any early signs of problems such as broken fillings and fractures. Early detection of these problems helps avoid serious and costly issues down the road.
At the end of the day, the benefits of regular cleanings can lead to long term improved oral health. On top of all the that was just listed, many dental plans cover cleanings, so it is relatively inexpensive to have the quick cleanings done. If we find any serious problems during a teeth cleaning or exam, we can help you make financial arrangements to cover the necessary procedures. Call Midtown Dental today and schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.
This column is sponsored by Midtown Dental and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFHN or of its advertisers.
Dr. William Nerestant received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.