You brush and floss daily, so your teeth must be very clean, right? Unfortunately, that may not be the case. Even if you follow a very rigorous dental hygiene routine, your teeth may not be as clean as you think they are.
In fact, while brushing and flossing daily is extremely important for your oral health, these preventative measures alone are insufficient without routine dental cleanings. If you’re surprised by this revelation, here are three of the top reasons why it’s important to receive regular cleanings from an experienced dentist or hygienist.
1. Greater Visibility
Have you ever looked in your mouth and noticed how hard it is to see the entire surface area of every tooth? Even with the help of a mirror, it can be very difficult to see every crevice in your mouth. It is much easier for a dentist or dental hygienist to look inside your mouth and detect any areas that may have excess plaque or tartar buildup and discoloration.
2. Special Tools
Dental professionals have access to special tools that can access notoriously hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. They also have tools that are specifically designed to scrape plaque and tartar from the teeth. Soft toothbrush bristles simply don’t have the ability to do the same job with a comparable level of effectiveness.
3. Knowledge of Dental Conditions
One of the most important reasons to visit a dentist for routine dental cleanings is to detect any early signs of oral problems. Dentists like Dr. Dan Knellinger are trained to recognize early symptoms of oral disease and other conditions. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, you may be able to avoid the development of more severe symptoms or more costly future treatments.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have a hard time keeping track of when you’re due for a dental cleaning, try scheduling your appointment at the beginning of the year. That way you will know that your cleanings should always be scheduled during the first and sixth months of each year. To set up your appointment, call Knellinger Dental Excellence during regular business hours.