1. Professional Cleanings
Your dental exam consists of two parts. One is the review and examination of your mouth. The second part is getting a professional cleaning. Daily brushing and flossing reduce plaque build-up. However, there are still those hard-to-reach areas where plaque can get to. If left there long enough, this can turn into tartar. Dental cleanings remove both plaque and tartar in regions that might be challenging for you to get to.
In fact, plaque build-up can cause infection, as well. When this progresses without treatment, the problem escalates to other health issues, which include:
- Some forms of cancer
- Heart attacks
- Diabetes complications
- Expectant moms can experience premature birth or have babies with low birth weight
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Blood infections
- Heart infections, with valve issues
- Difficulties with joint replacements
- Immune system compromised
Lastly, regular cleanings help promote a brighter smile. A hygienist helps remove stains that you can’t at home. Therefore, professional cleanings also assist with teeth whitening.