Chances are pretty good you’ve got a long list of things you’d rather do than sit in a dental chair for a cleaning, not including the other responsibilities you’ve got. Whether your days are full with running your kids to and from after-school activities or more leisurely pursuits like lunches and dates with friends, it can be tough to face the prospect of losing time to a dental cleaning. Regular cleanings are essential not just to your dental health, but to the appearance of your teeth as well. If you haven’t had time for a cleaning, here’s five good reasons to make today the day you grin and bear it.

1. Regular Cleanings Can Prevent and Detect Problems

Going in for a cleaning at the dentist’s is akin to getting a regular checkup with your family doctor, except the focus is the health of your mouth. A cleaning provides your dentist with the opportunity to check on the overall health of your teeth and gums and spot any obvious problems that are starting to form. For example, if you’ve got the start of a cavity, your dentist will see that when you’re getting your cleaning and you can schedule an appointment to take care of it.

Regular cleanings don’t just provide a chance to detect problems, though. They also give you and your dentist a chance to prevent them before they start. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your habits, questions and concerns with your dentist and get advice on how to better keep your smile shining at its brightest. You may get advice on dealing with needs that are unique to you — for example, if you’re experiencing recent tooth sensitivity, your dentist may give you a mouthwash or toothpaste that’s non-irritating and strengthens the enamel on your teeth.

It’s not overly dramatic to say that regular cleanings are essential to avoiding more painful and intensive procedures later on. Failure to get a cleaning when needed might necessitate the need for dental scaling — a treatment that is sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning. For that, your dentist would have to reach below your gums to remove plaque, bacteria and buildup. If it sounds unpleasant, book your cleaning now.

2. Dental Cleanings Brighten Your Smile

Who doesn’t want to keep their smile looking as good as possible? A good smile can prevent embarrassment and leads to a host of social benefits. As we go about our day to day lives, we subject our teeth to a number of things that can cause discoloration and staining. Your daily cup of tea or coffee, for example, or a night of red wine with the girls on the weekends can leave your teeth looking less than stellar.

Dental cleanings remove built up stains and polish your teeth to near-perfection, giving you an instant boot in self-confidence. If you’re still not happy with the caliber of your chompers, you can always opt for a whitening treatment — but you’ll still need clean teeth to get a movie star-worthy smile. So get in the chair for your cleaning now.

3. Bad Breath? A Cleaning Can Help

Bad breath can be akin to social suicide. No one wants to be the subject of PTA/PTO or office gossip because of the quality of their breath.  Getting a cleaning means you can worry less about whether your breath is fresh or not.

Even the most attentive people who brush and floss meticulously can end up with a not-so-fresh feeling. Nearly everything we eat and drink contributes fuel to the natural bacteria in our mouths — and some things more so than others. Certain bacteria, like the ones that cause foul odors, can thrive in your mouth.

A regular cleaning gives your dentist a chance to cut back on these odor-causing bacteria and remove any hidden sources of fuel that may have been missed by brushing and flossing. The result? Fresher breath that lets you skip popping a mint before socializing if you book a cleaning today.

4. Save Time and Money With Regular Cleanings

Your time is valuable and your attention is vital to all areas of your life. A regular cleaning today has the potential to prevent the need for multiple appointments later in time. This also means you’ll save money in the long run, freeing up your funds for the experiences and things you enjoy.

As mentioned, cleanings give your dentist the chance to spot problems early on and prevent them before they start — not just health-related problems, but cosmetic concerns, too. Would you rather spend an hour or so in the office once or twice a year getting a cleaning, or go back multiple times for vital procedures to fix problems and get intensive whitening treatments? We know what our answer is. Book an appointment today to skip the cost and time waste of who knows how many more in the future.

5. Dental Cleanings Contribute to Your Overall Health and Wellness

There’s a clear link between your overall health and your dental health. Good oral health and hygiene has been proven to decrease the risk of everything as serious as cardiovascular problems to memory problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

A cleaning is every bit as important to your self-care as exercising regularly and making healthy food choices — but with much less hassle. The time you’d spend getting a regular cleaning is much less than the time you invest in the gym getting fit and can provide just as much benefit, if not more. So if you want to skip leg day just this once, take the time to make an appointment and get your teeth cleaned.

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The offices of Drs. Krieger and Hur make cosmetic dentistry easy and convenient, often completing procedures the same day! When your smile needs perfecting, but your time is limited, give us a call at 201-560-0606 or 
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