Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and use a fluoride mouthwash. Do this every day and you should be good to go, right?
While regular brushing and flossing go a long way in maintaining good oral health, they do not take the place of regularly scheduled professional dental cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends having your teeth professionally cleaned at intervals determined by your dentist — even those who are meticulous with their oral hygiene at home — as part of routine preventative oral care. Dental cleanings are done by licensed and registered dental hygienists who are trained to remove tartar, plaque, and stains that are impossible to do on your own.
Dental cleanings remove buildup that regular brushing and flossing can’t get rid of with specialized dental tools. Regular cleanings can help prevent problems from happening and keep existing issues from getting worse. Risk of cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer can increase as a result of regularly missed dental cleanings.
Not only that, poor oral hygiene has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. If your mouth is full of bacteria, you run the risk of introducing those harmful substances into the rest of your body, which can compromise your health and well-being.
Regardless of how long it’s been since you last saw a dentist, it’s never too late to schedule a cleaning. In fact, the longer the hiatus, the more crucial it is to schedule an appointment. There’s no better time than now to prioritize your oral health. The rest of your body will thank you for it!
Capital Dental Group is a full-service dental office that is open seven days a week for unrivaled service and convenience. Whether it’s a routine cleaning, orthodontics, dental implants, or oral surgery, you’ll find it all under one roof.
Don’t have dental insurance? Join the Capital Dental Group Membership Club. For as low as $27 a month, the Capital Dental Group Membership Club covers exams, cleanings and X-rays; provides a 20% discount off all other treatments; and includes a custom at-home whitening kit. The Membership Club is available for children as well. Don’t wait another day to achieve your healthiest smile. Schedule an appointment today!