7 Reasons You and Your Child Should Get Your Teeth Cleaned

It’s hard to get to the dentist.  There’s no doubt about that.  And without any noticeable pain or discomfort, it’s easy to keep putting it off until absolutely necessary.  In the long run, however, it’s much cheaper – a much less painful – to schedule regular visits to the dentist than to wait for a problem to arise, which often leads to expensive work like root canals or crowns.  If you don’t have an hour to spare for a quick cleaning, you definitely don’t have a spare day to be out of commission with a toothache.

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Besides the clean, healthy feeling you’ll get from a biannual cleaning, here are 10 great reasons to pick up the phone and get in that dental chair:

  1. Prevent oral cancer.

You may not be aware that you’re screened for oral cancer each time you have a dental cleaning.  According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, an American dies every hour from oral cancer, despite the fact that it is highly curable with an early diagnosis.

  1. Fight off gum disease.

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss, but it can be treated and reversed with an early diagnosis.  If it goes undetected, it will continue to worsen.

  1. Be heart healthy.

Studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease caused by poor oral hygiene.

  1. Preserve your smile.

Tooth decay and gum disease ultimately lead to teeth falling out or being pulled out.  To keep all of your pearly whites intact, visit a dentist regularly.

  1. Detect dental problems early.

Most serious oral health complications can be prevented and possibly even reversed with early detection.

  1. Know you’re doing it right.

You care for your teeth every day twice a day, but a dentist can confirm whether or not your efforts are worthwhile.

  1. Take advantage of your dental insurance.

Many dental insurance plans cover biannual preventative appointments.  Take advantage of these and avoid costly procedures in the future.