April 11, 2017
No doubt you’ve heard that it’s important to have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. But did you ever stop to ask yourself why this practice is so important? Just what goes on during a dental cleaning in Sarasota that is so different from what you do at home when you brush and floss your teeth? Read on for answers to these questions and more.
Why Should You Have Two Cleanings a Year?
Dr. Hoffman can answer this question in three words: prevention, prevention, prevention. Not only does your visit to our office give our dental hygienist the opportunity to spotlessly clean and polish your smile, but we also take a close look at your teeth to make sure there aren’t any problems developing such as a cavity or cracked tooth. Chances are that if you don’t come in for biannual cleanings, then somewhere down the road you’re going to need more expensive treatment. Thus, teeth cleaning in Sarasota may ultimately be a money saver.
Does a Dental Cleaning Impact Overall Health?
Yes, indeed! First of all, the American Dental Association now recommends that a blood pressure reading be taken at the start of each dental cleaning and exam. This precautionary measure has helped countless dental patients discover they have high blood pressure and seek the care of their primary physician.
Secondly, there is something called the oral-systemic connection. This points to the link between periodontal disease and other maladies including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The same bacteria that can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis—the two stages of gum disease—can enter your blood stream or respiratory system, causing illness and disease to spread. When you see your Sarasota dentist for regular dental cleanings, our hygienist removes the plaque and tartar where bacteria hide, thereby preventing gum disease from developing. Thus, a simple dental cleaning goes a long way toward ensuring good health.
What Are the Other Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings?
In addition to cleaning your teeth and examining for problems such as decay, structural damage and gum disease, we also conduct an oral cancer screening during your appointment. Like other cancer screenings, this is designed to find pre-cancerous or cancerous cells before symptoms develop. When detected early, oral cancer is a highly treatable and curable disease. You can help detect oral cancer in its early stages by sticking to a schedule of dental cleanings once every six months.
Contact Our Office Today
Now that you know why dental cleanings are important there’s only one question left—what are you waiting for? Call Parkway Ridge Dental today to schedule your appointment.