If the budding of spring makes you want to clean out your closets and organize your garage, you are certainly not alone. However, if you really want to invest your time wisely, consider a “spring cleaning” with your dentist. This type of teeth cleaning is far beyond what you can do at home with your toothbrush and floss. In fact, a routine dental visit offers a number of benefits towards your oral health, your well-being and even your wallet!
Regardless of your age, dental exams are recommended every six months. Here are three top reasons why you should schedule that spring cleaning with your dentist sooner rather than later:
Prevent Costly Treatments
By attending your routine dental cleaning and exam, we can not only rid your teeth and gums of the harmful plaque that causes decay and gum disease, but we can also catch dental problems at their earliest and most treatable stage. In other words, a small cavity can be treated conservatively with a dental filling as opposed to root canal therapy and a dental crown if the decay is not addressed in a timely manner. Remember that many dental problems don’t produce outward symptoms until it is too late. Your routine exam will include a set of x-rays to reveal what may be festering beneath the surface!
Support Your Overall Health
There is a strong connection between oral health and body health. Therefore, by taking care of your mouth and seeing your dentist twice a year, you can also protect your overall health. Gum disease has been linked to stroke, heart attack, diabetes and premature birth! That routine dental checkup has more value than you think!
Screen for Oral Cancer
You may not realize it, but your regular dental exam also includes a quick and painless screening for oral cancer. Mouth cancer can be deadly if not treated early. At your appointment, we will use trained technique and advanced tools to detect signs of oral cancer in the gums, cheek, lips and tongue.
Gain a Fresher, Brighter Smile
Don’t dismiss the fact that your “spring teeth cleaning” can also make you feel and look better. A professional cleaning rids your teeth of bad oral bacteria and that sticky film of plaque, but it also eliminates stubborn stains that you can’t remove at home. The result is a confident and healthy smile as you walk away.
At Gilreath Dental Associates, we want to keep you away from the dental chair as much as possible. However, in order to prevent the need for unplanned dental repairs, you must stay on top of your routine visits. If you haven’t seen the dentist this year, go ahead and schedule that spring teeth cleaning with Marietta’s most trusted team. Call Gilreath Dental Associates today – we can treat your entire family.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,