Why Regular Dental Cleanings Are Important

Posted on July 24, 2018 in General Dentistry

When it comes to dental checkups, some people think, “Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow?” If you’re one of them, no criticism. However, we do want you to know why it’s important to come in for your regular dental checkup. 

Why Are Regular Dental Visits So Important?

During a regular dental checkup, we’ll clean and floss your teeth to remove plaque and tartar. Because tartar can’t be removed by brushing alone, it’s especially important you visit your dentist regularly for tartar removal. We’ll also examine your gums for signs of gum disease.

If it’s been a while since your last X-rays, we’ll take new ones to help us identify signs of tooth decay. X-rays allow the dentist to see what cannot be seen with the naked eye and give us the chance to spot problems early on, so we can treat them right away. Unfortunately, dental problems left untreated only worsen over time, requiring more invasive and expensive treatments.

We also do certain age-specific activities during appointments:

For Adults:

For Teens:

For Children:

We recommend you bring your child to the dentist before the age of 3.

How Should I Care for My Teeth Between Dental Visits?

We’re glad you asked! At a minimum, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. If you don’t like to brush—and a lot of people don’t—you may want to invest in an electric toothbrush.

Brushing your teeth with a manual toothbrush produces approximately 200-300 strokes per brushing while an electric toothbrush can produce more than 6,000 strokes per brushing!  Some of them will even vibrate every 30 seconds, so you know when to start brushing the next quadrant of your teeth.

The other thing you’re going to want to do is to floss once a day. If you find flossing uncomfortable, we recommend you try an easy-glide floss—this will help you get between narrow teeth more easily.

What Are the Links Between Dental Health and Overall Health?

A study of more than 100,000 adults found that those who had undergone at least one dental cleaning in their lifetime had a 24% lower risk of heart disease and a 13% lower risk of stroke. Regular dental visits may soon replace “an apple a day,” as the best way to keep the doctor away!

How Can I Make My Dental Appointment with Smile Hilliard?

If you’d like to come in for a regular dental checkup, you can schedule your visit online or call our office at 614.328.9489 to request an appointment.

We are located at 6304 Scioto Darby Road in Hilliard and offer early morning and evening office hours for your convenience.