Most dental insurance plans cover bi-annual dental cleanings, but is it really necessary to visit your dentist that frequently? If you take good care of your teeth and brush and floss regularly, you may be wondering if you can skip your regular cleanings without repercussions. However, here are a few reasons why you may not want to take that risk.
- Regular Cleanings Keep Teeth Healthy
Even if you meticulously care for your teeth, you most likely don’t have access to the specialized tools our dentist and hygienists use to remove calcified deposits from all visible surfaces of the teeth. If you’ve been wondering why your teeth feel so remarkably smooth and clean after receiving professional dental cleanings, it’s because of the tools and techniques we use.
- Regular Cleanings Prevent Big Dental Problems
In addition to cleaning calcified deposits off the teeth, regular cleanings also serve the benefit of catching dental problems before they become more serious (and expensive to treat). For example, if we notice a small cavity during a routine dental cleaning, we can treat it before it becomes larger or travels to the pulp of your tooth and requires a root canal. On the other hand, if you don’t attend routine cleanings, small dental problems remain undetected and have the potential to become bigger problems that require more invasive treatment.
- Regular Cleanings Help Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is an unfortunately common condition that can cause oral discomfort, tooth loss and gum recession. Fortunately, regular dental cleanings can help minimize your risk of gum disease so you’re less likely to need tooth replacement services from a prosthodontist. If you already have gum disease, regular cleanings can help you manage the condition and maintain your oral health.
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While regular dental cleanings can help you avoid a lot of oral problems, it’s never too late to improve your oral health if you’ve previously neglected it. Dr. Howard Abrahams is a leading prosthodontist in Miami Beach, FL who offers implant and reconstructive dentistry to improve smiles. Call Dental Implants Miami Beach today to schedule your consultation.