Most of us know how important brushing and flossing are to our oral hygiene, but when it comes to going to the dentist and getting our teeth cleaned, many people still seem to forget how important it is. The truth is, while daily hygiene is indeed important, going to the dentist to clean regularly is equally important. You may not realize it immediately, but not getting your routine cleanings can lead to severe issues for your teeth and gums.
While you can clean your teeth at home, dentists know how and where to clean your teeth, including all the particular trouble spots where plaque and bacteria hide. This allows them to ensure better your teeth stay clean than you typically do at home.
Besides knowing your teeth better, dentists have better equipment to do the job. Sure, brushing cleans off some debris and plaque, and floss helps to get things in between the teeth, but when it comes to stubborn stuck-on debris and plaque, you need dental tools to get it done right. Dentists can get to those hard-to-reach and often missed areas like along the gum line and in spaces between teeth that a toothbrush can’t go to. Plus, they have the advanced technology to tell where pockets of plaque and bacteria are hiding by taking images of your teeth.
No dental cleaning is complete without a thorough exam of your mouth. By doing this, your dentist can check for issues that otherwise go missed. The earlier you catch issues like tooth decay and gum disease, the easier it is to treat them before they start causing serious health problems.