The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

We know getting your teeth cleaned and checked is unlikely at the top of anyone’s favorite ways to spend an hour. Even so, you don’t want to skip these regular appointments. In this blog, the dental team at CHW Cares in Washington Heights, Manhattan, explains why.

Protect your oral health

Oral diseases affect over 3.5 billion people, half of the world’s population, and many of these cases go untreated. Tooth decay is the most prevalent oral condition recorded, with periodontal disease not far behind.

As for cavities, you may think they’re only for children, yet almost 27% of adults have untreated cavities. Bi-annual checkups enable your dental provider to catch signs of cavities and gum disease early, treat them, and prevent these issues from progressing and potentially causing additional and most costly problems.

Our dental providers examine patients for any problems that need attention or keeping an eye on. This includes:

Periodically, your exam also entails dental x-rays. X-rays enable your dentist to see cavities and decay in between teeth, as well as issues underneath the gums, such as bone loss in the jaw or impacted wisdom teeth. This enables us to create a treatment program when issues are in their earliest, most treatable stages.

Moreover, research shows that the risk of non-oral health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and bone loss, can increase due to poor oral hygiene.

Mitigate mask mouth

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has increased patients’ poor gingival health, leading to a condition known as Mask Mouth. Mask mouth is caused by wearing a mask for a lot of time, keeping your mouth closed behind a cloth mask, and breathing through your mouth more than your nose, which can dry out your mouth. As your mouth becomes dry, your breath starts to smell, and your teeth suffer. The results can include:

Sparkling teeth

A professional dental cleaning eliminates plaque and tartar buildup and helps your teeth look brighter. Brushing twice per day and flossing daily between regular dental visits is essential. Still, it doesn’t replace a professional cleaning. With their instrumentation and expertise, dental hygienists and dentists can remove plaque and debris that you simply can’t reach o your own. Unaddressed, these can lead to gum disease. Finishing off your cleaning with a good polish helps your pearly whites sparkle brighter.

Don’t Procrastinate

So don’t procrastinate your next dental exam and cleaning. Instead, schedule it today. Call our office in New York City, or click the “Book online” button to make an appointment today.

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