Why Your Smile Depends on Checkups and Cleanings

The fact that regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings are essential for god oral health is common knowledge. However, many people don’t realize just how important they are, or the need to attend their preventive appointments on a consistent basis. Whether it’s from neglecting visits altogether or postponing them until later, skipping checkup and cleaning appointments is an important reason why many people develop issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and more. At our Springfield, OH, dental office, we help patients successfully maintain their healthy and beautiful smiles by emphasizing the importance of regular preventive dental care.

Preventing problems is better than treating them

Prevention is the main focus of your checkup and cleaning appointments. Professional dental cleaning is the only effective way to remove tartar (calcified plaque) from your teeth, which prevents the oral bacteria it harbors from causing cavities or gingivitis to form. If bacteria are given enough time to cause problems, then routine cleaning may not be enough by the time you do visit the dentist. To restore your smile, you may also require a filling to treat a cavity or deeper periodontal cleaning to address the formation of gum disease.

You need help to effectively prevent dental issues

Because you can’t remove tartar at home, you can’t effectively prevent dental issues from forming on your own. You can do your best to prevent plaque formation from calcifying in the first place, but you’re bound to miss a spot now and then. During each dental visit, we’ll use professional cleaning equipment to gently but effectively break up and remove calcified tartar deposits, giving you a fresh start at keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Your dentist can also check your teeth and gums carefully to ensure that your preventive efforts are working.

Your dentist can spot problems faster than you can

If your examination reveals a problem, such as weakened tooth enamel or irritated gum tissues, then treating it early offers the best chance at mitigating any damage it can cause. During a dental checkup, we’ll thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues to check for signs that you might have noticed on your own, and if necessary, recommend an appropriate treatment as soon as possible. If you skip one or more visits, then the issue will have time to grow more severe and obvious by the time you schedule your next appointment.

Schedule your next dental checkup and cleaning

You can only do so much for your smile at home. To keep it consistently healthy and beautiful, you also need to attend regular dental checkup and cleaning appointments. To learn more, schedule a visit by calling North Spring Dental in Springfield, OH, today at 937-399-3800.