Top 10 reasons to have a cleaning

Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes, and more. Regular checkups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene. The following are the top ten reasons why you should regularly have your teeth cleaned:

 1. To prevent oral cancer. According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, you are also being screened for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.

 2. To prevent gum disease. Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place; it is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If not treated, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and checkups, flossing daily, and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.

 3. To help maintain good physical health. Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. A dental cleaning every six months helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy, possibly reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes.

 4. To keep your teeth. Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental checkups and cleanings, brushing, and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function, and ultimately, better health.

 5. To detect dental problems early. Your dentist and hygienist will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings, and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery, and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.

 6. To maintain good oral health. Your dental hygienist will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by visual examination and comparing your previous dental checkups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene, the hygienist will help put you back on the right path.

 7. To take advantage of your dental insurance plan. Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and checkups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene.

 8. To create a treatment plan. If your dentist diagnoses any problems in your mouth, he/she will most likely give you a treatment plan. This treatment plan should have the cost of each procedure that you will need, so that you can discuss financial arrangements with the front office.

 9. To have a bright and white smile. Your dental hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee, and tea stains. During your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!

 10. To prevent bad breath. Dental studies show that about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, have a dental problem that is to blame. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. Regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.