When you hear the phrase “spring cleaning,” you might picture dusting portraits on a warm Sunday morning, or maybe clearing out the clutter that’s built up all winter. But have you ever considered that your teeth may need a spring cleaning as well?
Regular checkups and cleanings are deeply important to your oral health, and if you haven’t had one in a while, this spring is as good a time as any to get one! Here are a few reasons why preventive care is so important.
Clearing Out the “Cobwebs”
Even if you’re extremely thorough with your brushing and flossing routine, there are certain places in your mouth that you aren’t able to reach on your own. However, those areas are just as likely to develop plaque and tartar deposits as anywhere else in your mouth, if not more so.
If you aren’t getting regular cleanings, you probably have some pretty substantial buildup, and you’re likely at a much higher risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
Using Insurance Wisely
If you have dental insurance, you may have noticed that it works a little bit differently than you might have expected from your experience with other types of healthcare. Dental insurance covers certain types of care at different rates, with most plans paying the most for preventive care.
If you make frequent trips to your dentist, you’re less likely to need more expensive restorative treatments, which makes the best use of your insurance.
Catch Nasty Issues Early
For the most part, your oral health problems are best served by treating them early. This is obviously the case for life-threatening issues like oral cancer, but even more mild conditions can become serious if left untreated for too long.
Gum disease, for example, is degenerative, which means that it only gets worse with time. What started as just swollen gums and mild bleeding can become incredibly serious, even leading to tooth loss in some cases. With that in mind, you should make an effort to catch these kinds of issues early.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you should pay them a visit; they’ll give you a spring cleaning that can put your oral health on the right track.
About Our Practice
At Dental Group West, we’re deeply dedicated to providing exceptional care in an environment that exceeds all your expectations for what a dental practice is capable of. From the moment you walk into our office, everyone on our team will go out of their way to ensure that you feel seen and understood, and that you’re receiving dental care tailored to your particular needs.
If you have any questions about the importance of preventive care, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (419) 539-2168.