It’s no secret that life is busy. However, if you’re cutting corners by skipping your regular dental appointments, you could be causing more harm than good. And, yes, it still applies even if you practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis.
The Dental Touch team in Oakland, California, provides general and cosmetic dentistry services in a family-friendly atmosphere with the latest technology. Whether you need treatment for gum disease, wisdom teeth removed, or a smile makeover, you can find solutions under one roof. We even offer same-day services if you need a tooth replaced.
But you shouldn’t wait until an issue arises to schedule an appointment. Here are seven key benefits that come from regular cleanings and exams.
1. Getting a deep and thorough cleaning
Even with the most diligent and attentive brushing and flossing regimen, it’s impossible to completely remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup from your teeth. That’s because it can collect in tiny nooks and crannies you simply can’t reach on your own. Fortunately, a professional cleaning can, and this reduces your risk of dental issues like cavities and gum disease.
2. Leaving with a brighter, whiter smile
A thorough professional cleaning reduces your risk of dental issues, but that’s not all. It also leaves you with a brighter, fresher smile — and it only takes 30-60 minutes!
And, if you would like even more dramatic results, we can also talk about our professional whitening treatments. Unlike over-the-counter options, our products provide safe and effective results, whether you bleach your teeth during an office visit or in the comfort of your home.
3. Finding hidden problems
Dental exams also allow us to watch for hidden issues inside your mouth thanks to X-rays, such as:
- Bone decay
- Impacted teeth
Most people need X-rays taken every 6-36 months. However, we make personalized recommendations based on your oral health and individual needs.
4. Receiving personalized preventive dental care services
These routine visits also come with preventive care services that offer long-term protection from cavity-causing bacteria. We personalize these recommendations based on your individual needs. For instance, if you have crevices or deep grooves in your back teeth, we could suggest dental sealants. In other cases, we could use fluoride treatments to strengthen the protective enamel on your teeth.
5. Detecting and treating dental issues early
In addition to preventive care, regular dental visits enable our expert team to detect potential issues early so we can take action as quickly as possible. And added benefit? When caught early on, many dental problems respond to more conservative techniques. For example, gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, often improves with a thorough cleaning and better oral hygiene practices. However, when it progresses into more severe forms, it could require pinhole surgery.
6. Having a mouth, head, and neck exam
Routine dental care isn’t just about your teeth and gums; it also involves checking for signs of oral cancers and those that can develop in your throat, neck, or head. During your exam, your dentist looks for irregular patches or sores in your mouth and throat, and they check your neck or head for lumps.
7. Improving your overall health
People usually don’t associate their oral health with their general health, but the two are intimately linked. That’s because bacteria that builds up in your mouth doesn’t stay there. Instead, it enters your bloodstream, and this allows it to circulate throughout your entire body. The result? A higher risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
Ready to see the benefits of routine dental care for yourself? Contact The Dental Touch in Oakland, California, by calling 510-244-2737 or request an appointment online today.