Health

5 reasons to get a dental cleaning

Incisive Bite

by Dr Sharon Robinson

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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MOST of us already know why it is important to have professional dental cleaning done, but just in case some of us needed a reminder, check out these five things a dental cleaning can do for you.

1. Prevent cavities

The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay.

This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities.

Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleaning.

2. Stop tooth loss

Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out.

Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits.

3. Brighten your smile

Drinking coffee, tea and wine, or using tobacco can stain your teeth.

A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth.

The result? A whiter, brighter smile!

4. Freshen your breath

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odour-free.

5. Boost your overall health

Studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some diseases like heart disease and stroke.

Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.

Be proactive with your health. Visit your dentist twice yearly. Some dental plans have low or no co-payments/co-insurance for dental cleanings and oral exams. Get the most value from your dental benefits. If you take advantage of your benefits now, you may be able to save money in the long run by helping to protect your oral health and potentially avoiding more costly and extensive procedures.

Dr Sharon Robinson DDS has offices at the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa, located at shop #5, Winchester Business Centre, 15 Hope Road, Kingston 10. Dr Robinson is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica, School of Oral Health Sciences. She may be contacted at 630-4710. Like their Facebook page, Dental Place Cosmetix Spa.


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