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6 Benefits of a Routine Dental Cleaning

January 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristinpetulladds @ 9:14 pm

Woman having a dental cleaningBrushing and flossing are your first line of defense against common issues that cause tooth loss. Unfortunately, your oral hygiene isn’t always enough to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. A routine appointment is more than a luxury. It’s a necessity. Here are 6 reasons you shouldn’t skip your semi-annual dental cleaning.

1. Avoid Cavities and Tooth Loss

Teeth are meant to last for a lifetime, but 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. Cavities are a common cause of missing teeth. At least 92% of adults have had cavities, despite being preventable. 

Visiting your dentist every 6 months allows them to detect the earliest signs of enamel loss to prevent it from worsening. They can also provide various solutions to make your teeth more resistant to decay, like fluoride varnish.

2. Support a Healthy Mouth and Body

Your oral and general health are closely connected. Certain dental issues can increase your risk of medical problems. Gum disease is not only a leading cause of tooth loss, but it is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other concerns. 

A semi-annual cleaning removes plaque and tartar that harbors bacteria responsible for the infection. Your dentist can also detect the earliest signs of gum disease to keep your mouth and body healthy.

3. Detect Oral Cancer Early

Cavities and gum disease aren’t the only dangers to your smile. 54,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer annually, which will take roughly 10,000 lives. Late detection contributes to the mortality rate. 

Healthcare professionals report that 80% of new oral cancer cases can be detected early by a dentist using a routine screening. 

4. Prevent Bad Breath

Your toothbrush and floss can’t clean everywhere in your mouth. Food particles, plaque, and bacteria can lead to chronic bad breath, called halitosis. A dental cleaning will stop the embarrassment by removing odor-causing buildup.

5. Reduce Long-Term Dental Expenses

Research has found that every $1 spent on prevention can save up to $50 on restorative and emergency fees. Routine cleanings and checkups are proven to stop dental problems from occurring, so you’re less likely to need costly treatment later. 

6. You Have Dental Insurance

If you have dental insurance, you have 100% coverage for preventive services. You can visit your dentist twice a year after a co-payment. If you need any treatments, your coverage can pay up to 80% of restorative services to maintain a healthy smile. 

Life gets pretty busy, but don’t delay seeing your dentist. Invest in a healthy, beautiful smile by scheduling a dental cleaning.

About Dr. Kristin B. Petulla

Dr. Petulla earned her dental degree at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and has regularly continued her education in many specialties. She strives to create healthy smiles that last for a lifetime through a focus on prevention. Request an appointment through our website or call (856) 282-0631.

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