Many people will only visit their dentist when they feel discomfort or pain affecting their teeth or gums. Here, our North Sydney dentists explain why regular appointments for professional cleanings are important - even when your smile feels healthy.
First thing is first, it's important tat you understand that it's recommended to come in for a professional tooth cleanings every 6 months or so, even if your at-home oral hygiene practices are good and you aren't experiencing any pain or discomfort in your mouth. Good brushing and flossing habits are important, so there are benefits to your oral health by routine visits and professional cleanings.
Why Schedule Professional Dental Cleanings?
There are a number of reasons to book regular professional dental cleanings, including:
Removing plaque and tartar buildup
No matter how astutely you brush at home, there are likely some hard-to-reach places on your teeth where plaque has an easier time settling and proliferating. If not removed, plaque can begin hardening into a sticky substance known as tartar in just 24 hours. Only a trained hygienist at your North Sydney dentist can remove tartar once it has formed, and they'll have no trouble reaching the plaque that you can't reach at home.
Preventing oral health problems
Preventive dentistry is one of the most helpful tools in a dentist's arsenal in their fight against oral disease. Visiting your dentist at least once every 6 months or so for professional cleanings will help to keep gum disease, tooth decay and other oral health issues at bay. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will also mean that you will be at a lower risk of tooth loss later on in life.
Correcting oral health problems early
If oral health issues can't be prevented altogether, catching them early is the next best way to ensure speedy and effective treatment. In it's earliest stages, gum disease and tooth decay can even be reversed if the proper steps are take. Treatment will not only be easier, but a lot more affordable early on. The cost of not visiting your dentist routinely can actually outgrow the cost the frequent cleanings.
Dentists are also often the first primary healthcare practitioners to detect signs of oral cancer, which is typically much more responsive to treatment if caught early.
Maintaining a healthy smile
Teeth may become discoloured from too much plaque and tartar buildup. By visiting your dentist for routine cleanings, you may be able to enjoy a brighter smile as well as a healthy one. Your dentist and hygienist will also be able to give you personalized pointers on how to keep your teeth whiter, and they may suggest cosmetic dental treatments for you as well.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning at our North Sydney Dental Clinic Today
At Harbourside Dental, our professional dental cleaning services aim to help keep our clients' oral health at its best. Our hygienists make sure to remove any plaque and tartar buildup they can, and they will also include an application of Sheer White at-home whitening treatment with your cleaning. If you'd like to find out more about the importance of regular dental visits, or if you'd like to book your appointment, then just contact our dental clinic in North Sydney today.