Get Your Dental Spring Cleaning
With spring just around the corner, you might be thinking about getting a dental cleaning so that you’re fresh and ready to dazzle people as you start going out again after the cold winter. If you’re wondering why dental cleanings are important, this guide will cover the top reasons why you need to make sure you’re taking care of your oral health.
Here at your best Boise dentist, we are able to help you with all your dental spring cleaning needs. We can also give you some tips and tricks to do at home to ensure your mouth is always healthy and clean.
Benefits of a Dental Spring Cleaning
Your teeth are one of the most important parts of your body even though they are small. Your teeth are important for chewing the food so you can get the nutrients and calories you need. When you are not able to eat properly the rest of your body can suffer. Part of your dental spring cleaning is checking that there are no cavities, chips, or fractures of the teeth. Our office will also take x-rays so we can see the root of your teeth and if there are any issues there.
Your teeth are also a large part of your self-esteem and self-confidence. When you have straight teeth and a smile you are proud of, you might be more likely to smile for pictures or be comfortable smiling around others. When you get a regular cleaning, we can also discuss cosmetic dentistry services with you in case you are interested in bettering your smile with whitening.
Spring Cleanings Once a Year
We recommend that you get dental cleanings twice a year. You can get them once in the spring and then schedule another one six months later. If you have periodontal disease or another issue with your gums, the dentist might recommend you get cleanings more than twice a year.
Professional cleanings are important because they can remove more debris and deposits compared to if you just brushed and flossed on your own. Since dental cleanings are able to clean your mouth more efficiently, it’s important you don’t forget to come in when your time is scheduled.
Spring Cleaning at Home
While dental cleanings are very important, it’s equally important that you spend time taking care of your teeth at home. Make sure you are brushing twice a day and floss once a day. We recommend you floss at night before bed so that you can remove all the food and bacteria from the day. Your toothbrush needs to be replaced every 3 months or sooner if you see the bristles weakening or falling apart.
You can get an electric toothbrush or a regular one, whichever one is best for your mouth and your budget. Make sure you have good floss that can get between the teeth. If you have a hard time with regular flossing, you can always use flossing picks or a water flosser. These do a good job of getting debris out from in between your teeth. Remember that good dental health starts at home, so never neglect the simple practice of brushing and flossing.
What Happens If You Neglect a Dental Spring Cleaning?
There are many things that might happen when you do not get preventative dental work done at your Boise dentist. Not all the effects will be immediate, but your dental and oral health will eventually suffer from not getting regular cleanings.
You can remove much of the plaque and bacteria in the mouth with regular brushing, but some of the plaque will sit behind the teeth and around the gumline. These bacteria can ruin tooth enamel. Once the enamel is weakened, there will be a hole in the tooth which will require professional dental work and a filling.
The only way to remove all the bacteria and plaque from the gum line and across the teeth is to have a professional cleaning where the dentist uses special tools and a special brush to remove it. Professional cleanings also reduce the chances of you getting gingivitis or other gum diseases. Gum disease causes a lot of pain which can lead to serious problems like tooth loss and teeth roots that are not able to support the teeth.
When you get major problems like this, the cost of preventative dentistry goes up significantly. You could spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars trying to get your teeth back in shape. This is why regular cleanings are recommended twice a year so you can avoid larger problems in the future. Some people think they can ignore their teeth since there is nothing wrong. Once you start experiencing problems though, the issue is usually already too late and you will need to spend more money.
Always Have Products on Hand
One of the best ways you can keep up with your dental cleaning twice a year including in the spring is to always have your dental products on hand. You can buy your favorite toothpaste or toothbrush and always have extra so you can be ready in case you run out. Some people also like to use mouthwash to reduce the risk of bad breath or plaque buildup. Whatever your favorite oral health products and brands are, make sure to always have extra so your dental routine never suffers.
Make sure the other people in your family, including the kids, also have their favorite products in the house. Spring cleaning is a big part of the spring season. It’s a time to declutter your house and life. Why not also make it a time to spring clean your oral health as well? You can throw out all your old toothbrushes and toothpaste and opt for new ones that are better for your health.