Your smile is one of the first things other people see. A beautiful healthy smile makes a great first impression. Of course, your smile isn’t just cosmetic. It also helps you eat, speak, and talk. To protect this incredible asset, you need to schedule dental cleaning on a regular basis. Here are the top three reasons you should get your teeth cleaned by a professional regularly.
Dental Cleaning Helps Your Overall Health
When some people think of a dental cleaning, they assume that it only benefits their mouth, but the reality is that a dental clean has a positive impact on your overall health. At a professional cleaning, the hygienist removes plaque and tartar. That build-up leads to cavities, and you can’t remove it at home on your own. In fact, 91% of adults aged 20 to 64 have dental caries, and over a quarter of all adults have untreated tooth decay.
However, a dental cleaning doesn’t just help you avoid cavities. It also helps your health. When you have cavities or decay in your mouth, that increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and other serious and potentially fatal issues.
Dental Cleaning Can Boost Your Confidence
Having a healthy mouth and body is essential, but beyond that, a dental cleaning can also help you feel good. If you have yellow teeth, built-up tartar, visible decay, cracked teeth, or other issues, it can become embarrassing to smile. You may even start hiding your hand behind your mouth.
When you get a dental cleaning, all of that changes. Your mouth feels clean and looks beautiful. If your hygienist or dentist sees any issues during the cleaning, they can help you schedule an appointment to take care of that.
A Dental Cleaning Helps You Save Money
In both the short and long run, a dental cleaning can help you save money. When your hygienist cleans your mouth, they can alert you to concerns. Then, you can schedule an appointment to get those issues fixed. For instance, if a hygienist or dentist spots a cavity when it’s small, that is much less expensive to get repaired than it would be if it got bigger or if the issue spread to other teeth.
However, you also save in the long run. As explained above, you protect your body from a lot of health issues when you get routine dental cleanings, and that saves you money on health care, medications, and similar expenses. Similarly, you don’t have to worry as much about expensive dentures or implants if you get regular cleanings. With the right approach, you can even save money along the way if you set up payment plans or tap into your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to keep up with your dental care.
To learn more, contact us. At the Walton Center for Family Dentistry, we offer routine dental cleanings as well as a variety of other services including dentures, crowns, veneers, root canal therapy, and more. We also offer sedation so that you can be completely comfortable for your dental cleaning or other work.