Many people avoid visiting the dentist unless it is absolutely necessary, often due to busy schedules or lingering dental anxieties. Whatever the reason, when you miss seeing your dentist over a prolonged period of time, you are doing your oral health a true disservice. Regular twice-yearly cleanings help keep your smile beautiful and in optimal health. For patients in the North York, Ontario area looking for a professional dental cleaning, look no further than Dr. Reza Roodsar and the team at Respond Dental.
Getting your teeth cleaned twice a year allows your dentist to detect any developing tooth decay before it progresses. When caught early, tooth decay can often be treated with a simple filling. When you miss cleanings, over time, what was once a small problem can develop into a much larger one. That small amount of decay which could have been fixed by a filling can spread throughout the tooth. At a certain point, more drastic and more costly measures may need to be taken to save your tooth. Going in for your twice a year cleaning also allows plaque full of damaging bacteria to be cleaned off your teeth before it can harden into tartar.
When you visit your dentist twice a year, gum disease can be detected at its earliest stages so that it can be easily reversed. Your dentist can provide you with steps to halt gum disease in its tracks. When left untreated, gum disease can progress into far more dangerous stages and could eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
Symptoms of gum disease are easy to detect. Red and swollen gums or bleeding when brushing your teeth could be the earliest signs of gingivitis. This early stage of gum disease can then escalate to periodontitis, at which point you have to worry about soft tissue loss or even the bone structures which hold your teeth in place. When you see your dentist on a regular basis, he or she can take the necessary steps to halt gum infection and help guide you through steps to reverse the damage.
Your regularly scheduled cleanings provide a more thorough cleaning than anything you can do for yourself. A dental cleaning at your dentist’s office can remove built up stains caused by coffee, tea or other foods and drinks. Your teeth will be polished so they look their brightest. There is no easier way to end up with permanently stained teeth than to skip your twice-yearly cleanings.
If you have chronic bad breath, it is likely caused by the bacteria which builds up on your teeth in the form of plaque or tartar. This bacteria is a leading cause of bad breath and because brushing on its own will not rid your teeth of plaque or tartar, the only solution to this problem is a regularly scheduled dental cleaning.
When you go in for a twice-yearly cleaning and examination, your dentist is not just checking the health of your teeth and gums. Your lips, tongue, face, and lymph nodes will also be examined. Early signs of cancer can be detected during these examinations so that you can begin necessary treatments as soon as possible. This is especially important for people who are at elevated risks due to tobacco use or family history of cancer.