Do you really need a professional dental cleaning if you brush and floss regularly and are otherwise meticulous about maintaining your oral health at home? Yes, you do. At Roxbury Family Dentistry in Succasunna, New Jersey, we suggest that most patients receive a professional teeth cleaning and dental checkup at least every six months. In fact, we believe so strongly in the importance of developing this habit early that we offer free pediatric dental services—including a dental cleaning, fluoride application, and in-depth exam—to patients two and younger.
Why is professional dental cleaning so important? During a periodic routine visit, a dental professional can keep tabs on your teeth, oral health, and general health by:
Helping You With Preventive Dental Care
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease affects approximately 75 percent of Americans. If left untreated, it will gradually worsen and may lead to tooth loss. Only a dental professional has the skills and tools needed to thoroughly remove cavity-causing plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and below your gum line. This can slow—and sometimes reverse—the progression of gum disease.
Detecting Small Issues So They Can Be Addressed Before They Become Major Problems
In general, the earlier a dental problem is identified, the less invasive, expensive, and time-consuming its treatment is likely to be. After your professional dental cleaning at Roxbury Family Dentistry, your dentist will check for signs of cavities, broken fillings, gum disease, and oral cancer. These conditions can often be diagnosed in their early stages—which may help you avoid a root canal, tooth extraction, or gum surgery—but only if you see a dentist regularly.
Screening for Certain Health Conditions Beyond Your Teeth and Gums
Did you know that by taking good care of your oral health, you can reduce your risk of certain general health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and kidney disease? Recent studies have linked chronic inflammation caused by gum disease to a hardening of the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. This further underscores the importance of professional dental cleaning.
If you would like to schedule a professional teeth cleaning, call (973) 584-1066 today to make an appointment at Roxbury Family Dentistry in Succasunna, NJ.