5 Reasons to Schedule a Dental Appointment Today

National Dental Hygiene Month-

It’s National Dental Hygiene Month, and that means it’s the perfect time to reflect on the importance of oral health. A big part of oral health is making sure you have regular dental exams and cleanings. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends having a dental exam and cleaning at least once every six months. In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of dental cleanings, how they are performed, and five reasons why you need to schedule a dental exam and cleaning.

What is a dental cleaning and why are they necessary?

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Dental cleanings are an important part of oral hygiene. They remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, which helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. During a dental cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will use special instruments to scrape away the plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will also polish your teeth to help remove any remaining stains.

Dental exams are also performed during the same appointment as dental cleanings. During a dental exam, your dentist will check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems. They will also look for anything else that might be causing problems with your oral health. This includes checking for oral cancer.

Why should you schedule a dental exam and cleaning?

There are many reasons why you should schedule a dental exam and cleaning. Here are five of the most important ones:

To prevent tooth decay and gum disease:

Regular dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, which helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Although plaque is soft and can be removed with brushing and flossing, tartar is hardened plaque that can only be removed with special dental tools. Frequent cleanings ensure that your teeth stay clean and tartar buildup is kept to a minimum.

To maximize your oral hygiene routine:

If you are brushing and flossing regularly, you’re already doing a great job of taking care of your teeth! But even with the best at-home oral hygiene routine, there are still places that plaque and tartar can build up. That’s why regular dental cleanings are so important. They help remove any plaque and tartar that you may have missed. Your hygienist can also point out these areas so that you can be sure to properly clean them during your oral care routine.

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To get screened for oral cancer:

Oral cancer is a serious condition that can be difficult to detect in its early stages. It can affect any soft tissue in or around the mouth such as the lips, cheeks, tongue, hard and soft palates, gums, or pharynx. During a dental exam, your dentist will look for signs of oral cancer, such as bumps or tissue abnormalities. If they see anything suspicious, they will refer you to a specialist for further testing.

To have potential problems identified before they cause problems:

During a dental exam, your dentist will also look for any potential problems that could become serious if they are not treated. This includes things like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. By identifying these problems early on, you can avoid more serious problems down the road. For example, white spots on your enamel could indicate demineralization, which is the first sign of a cavity. In some cases, your dentist may be able to prevent a cavity from forming by treating the affected tooth with fluoride to remineralize the enamel. Even if the cavity does develop, having a small filling placed is still easier than a full blown root canal.

To save money:

It may seem counterintuitive, but regular dental exams and cleanings can actually save you money in the long run. That’s because many dental problems, such as cavities and gum disease, are much easier to treat when they are caught early on. This can help you avoid more serious and expensive problems in the future. Not only that, but many dental insurance companies cover the cost of preventative cleanings and exams, meaning that you won’t need to pay if you have dental insurance.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we discussed five important reasons why you should schedule a dental exam and cleaning. We hope that this has helped convince you of the importance of regular dental care! If it’s been awhile since your last dental exam and cleaning, now is the time to schedule an appointment. At Glow Dental in Manhattan, we offer convenient scheduling options and accept most major dental insurance plans. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

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Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.