Teeth cleanings are so important for more than just cleaning teeth. They give dental professionals the opportunity to check on your oral health, apply measures to prevent issues from developing & advise patients on how to maximize the effectiveness of their at-home cleaning habits. That’s why dental professionals recommend seeing a dentist twice each year. Yet countless people still put off their teeth cleanings.
There are so many reasons you might postpone your dental cleaning, but let’s look at some of the common ones. We hope you’ll find that these concerns are easy to overcome.
More Necessary Than You Think
If you brush your teeth twice a day & floss once per day as dentists recommend, you might feel like you don’t need to get a professional teeth cleaning. After all, you have it handled, right?
However, a professional cleaning does what your at-home cleaning can’t do. While toothbrushes & floss do a wonderful job removing food debris & softer materials from your teeth, they can’t remove the harder substances like tartar & plaque. Dental professionals are trained to remove those substances & they have the best tools for the job.
More Affordable Than You Might Expect
Dental work has a reputation of being expensive, but the best way to keep dental costs down is to prevent serious—& pricey—issues. Dental cleanings are considered preventive care, so it’s well worth it to keep up with your six-month professional cleanings, which are generally very affordable anyway. Plus, if you have dental insurance, it’s likely it covers two cleanings a year, with no additional cost to you!
If you’re worried about the cost of treating issues that might be discovered at a cleaning appointment, think about the long-term benefits of prompt treatment: dental issues often only get worse over time, & as they get worse, treatment gets more expensive. You could very well save money by completing treatment early!
More Convenient Than They Used to Be
Especially for those inclined to skip dental appointments, it’s hard to stomach the idea of skipping work or school for a teeth cleaning. However, not all dental offices have the same hours, & you might just have to find one that works with your schedule. We pride ourselves on our convenient hours & do what we can to make it easy for our patients to access dental care when it works best for them.
Unfortunately, sometimes patients live far away from a dentist, & while it may be difficult to get here, we do believe that good dental health is worth the trip. To make it more worthwhile, we suggest pairing your dental cleaning with other errands in the area; we often have several appointments available within a few days of your call, so even if you decide just a day or two in advance that you are traveling our way, we can very likely accommodate you. Just give us a call & we’d be happy to work with you!
More Comfortable Than You Are Used To
Whether you’ve had a bad experience in the past or you just get nervous at the thought of dental work, there are ways to overcome your anxiety & be comfortable in the dental chair. Our professionals are gentle, friendly & truly care about your experience, so we do everything we can to put you at ease. If you need a little more to settle your nerves, ask us about our sedation options, which can help nervous patients relax in the dental chair.
Whatever your concerns are, we hope you see the value of getting professional dental cleanings. We’re always happy to help our patients & would love to chat about how we can make it easier for you to keep your routine cleaning appointments. We look forward to your call!