It’s no secret that most of us shy away from dental visits, which is something that we understand completely at Auburn Hills. In fact, a big part of why Auburn Hills was started was because we had experienced the pain and discomfort of going to the dentist and decided that there needed to be a better way – one that prioritized comfort in addition to great service.
While regular cleanings and checkups – called prophylaxis in medical terms – might seem like one of the least intrusive dental procedures, it can still take some motivation to schedule regular appointments to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Our goal here is to help you understand why these cleanings are important to encourage you to continue to prioritize dental health throughout your life.
Why Dental Cleanings Are So Important
If you’re like most, you probably brush – and hopefully floss – a couple of times each day. This is the first and most important step for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
You might wonder, then, why paying extra for a dentist to brush and floss your teeth for you is important. The most obvious answer is that daily brushing at home doesn’t clean your teeth as thoroughly as they should be cleaned from time to time.
Plaque and Tartar Buildup
You’ve probably heard about “plaque” and ”tartar,” but you might not really understand what these are. Plaque is a sticky bacteria that forms on your teeth after you’ve eaten something. If you’ve ever noticed a white residue on the bottoms of your teeth near your gums, that’s plaque. Plaque causes decay, meaning it is not good for our enamel.
If this plaque remains in place, it turns into tartar, which is extremely hard. Therefore, more plaque and tartar can continue to build up over time until it begins to cause irritation around your gums, which can eventually lead to gum disease.
The primary goal of a dental cleaning, then, is to remove this plaque and tartar, which can’t be done with basic at-home brushing and flossing.
Identifying Problems Early
The other important part of regular cleanings is the examinations we perform every time. The reason these checkups are important is that, like most health issues, catching dental problems as quickly as possible usually reduces the damage done by them. This, in turn, reduces the cost of your dental treatment down the line.
In other words, while hearing that you need a filling or root canal might not be great news, it’s much better – and cheaper – than dealing with the consequences of not treating the problem as quickly as possible.
A Note for Parents
If you’re looking for a friendly dentist that can help ease your little one into good teeth cleaning habits, we’d be more than happy to help. We can also provide sealants and handle any other dental issues they might be facing.
Dental Cleanings at our Dacula Family Dentist Office
Call today to make an appointment for a dental cleaning here at our Dacula office. We are family friendly, and we will make your visit as comfortable as possible.