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6 things a dental cleaning can do for you

Even if your brushing and flossing habits are impeccable, there are still good reasons to go to your dentist for regular cleanings. Here are six things a dental cleaning can do to help you maintain a bright and healthy smile.

1. Prevent cavities

Plaque, the whitish film that builds up on your teeth, is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Over time, plaque can harden into tartar, and tartar can't be removed with just brushing and flossing. Instead, removal requires a visit to the dentist who has specialized tools just for the task.

2. Stop tooth loss

Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced with regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene habits. During a cleaning, your dentist can identify gum disease and take steps to treat it before it becomes a serious issue.

3. Brighten your smile

Using tobacco and drinking coffee, tea and wine can all stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? You’ll have a whiter, brighter smile.

4. Freshen your breath

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.

5. Boost your overall health

Studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for certain health issues, like heart disease and stroke. Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.

6. Save money

Getting regular cleanings helps you get the most value from your dental benefits. Delta Dental plans have low or no copayments and coinsurance for dental cleanings and oral exams. If you take advantage of your benefits now, you may be able to save money in the long run by helping to protect your oral health and potentially avoiding more costly procedures.

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Last updated March 14, 2022

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.