Why Are Dental Cleanings Important?

January 17, 2022 9:32 pm
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Cartoon drawing of teeth covered in plaque getting cleaned at the dentist in Wilmington, NC

The American Dental Association recommends dental cleanings and visits at least twice a year, or every six months. But if you follow a daily oral hygiene routine at home, you may be wondering why these routine visits are important. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of regular dental cleanings for your oral health!

Benefits of Dental Cleanings

A professional dental cleaning and checkup can help your smile be cleaner, brighter, and healthier! Benefits for your oral health and overall health include:

  • Early Detection & Treatment of Gum Disease, Bad Breath, Tooth Decay, & Oral Cancer
  • Reduced Risk of Heart Disease, Respiratory Illness, Dementia & Diabetes Complications
  • Boost in Confidence
  • Less Anxiety
  • Greater Success Socially

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings allow our team to take a thorough look at your teeth and gums to check for decay, inflammation, or other potential dental issues. Your hygienist will use special dental tools to check the health of your gums; remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, gums, and hard-to-reach areas; and polish your teeth. They will also carefully floss between your teeth. Then, Dr. Garrett will discuss with your hygienist any areas of concern, examine your teeth and gums, recommend necessary treatment, and answer questions you have about your oral health.

Dental Cleanings & Exams in Wilmington, NC

If it has been six months or longer since your last dental cleaning and exam, get in touch with our dental office in Wilmington, NC. We offer dental cleanings and exams and other preventive dental services to help keep our patients’ smiles clean, bright, and healthy! To learn more about our services, give our team a call or fill out our online form.

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