Regular dental checkup and cleaning appointments are essential to a good hygiene routine, but you may not realize just how important is to make it to every single appointment, without fail. If you stick the schedule consistently, then you might mistakenly think that missing a visit won’t matter much. However, the point of a dental cleaning appointment is to remove the threats (oral bacteria) that lead to much more serious issues, including tooth infection and gum disease. If it’s been awhile since your last cleaning appointment, then schedule one as soon as possible at our Springfield, OH, dentist’s office.
1. Oral bacteria are faster than you
The target of a professional dental cleaning is the same as the target for your toothbrush and floss – the harmful plaque that clings to your teeth and gums every day. This plaque is made of oral bacteria, many of which are harmful, and it will continue developing if you don’t brush and floss it away at least twice every day. Sometimes, though, you can miss spots of plaque that can harden into tartar, before you brush it away the next time, and only your dentist or dental hygienist can remove it.
2. It’s better to prevent than to treat
Dental cleanings are a preventive form of dental care with the aim of stopping the mechanisms that lead to more serious dental health issues. While you have several options for addressing such issues and fully restoring your smile, you may lose some of your healthy, natural tooth structure in the process. This tooth structure won’t grow back, which is why preventing any threats to it is better than having to treat them later.
3. Your visit includes a thorough checkup
In addition to cleaning away harmful plaque and tartar to prevent serious dental issues, every appointment also includes a comprehensive examination, or checkup, of your teeth and oral structures. Your checkup will reveal any early signs of potential trouble, and give your dentist the chance to correct them before they grow worse.
Be sure to attend your next dental cleaning!
Skipping even a single dental checkup and cleaning appointment can have more serious consequences for your smile than you realize at firs. To learn more, schedule a visit by calling North Spring Dental in Springfield, OH, today at 937-399-3800.