If you practice good oral hygiene at home, you may be tempted to skip your biannual dentist visit. However, there are some things only a dentist can do. Regular in-office cleanings are necessary to prevent tartar buildup, identify potential problems, and catch cavities before they become toothaches. Prevention is easier than treatment, and dental cleanings should be part of your normal health care routine.
At Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, PC, in Washington, DC, Dr. Margaret Culotta-Norton and Dr. Peter Grinc provide dental cleanings and other dentistry services to help keep your mouth and body healthy and your smile intact.
Make and keep your appointment
Skipping dental cleanings is a slippery slope. Just one missed appointment can mean tartar buildup below the gum line and the start of periodontal disease. A cavity can become rapidly worse in less than a year, and a cracked or chipped tooth can deteriorate.
The time invested in making and keeping your dental appointment could mean you avoid the discomfort (and expense) of a more serious dental problem, like needing a root canal, an extraction, or gum disease treatment.
It only takes a few minutes to make an appointment, and a few hours to keep it. Stacked up against the pain, time, and costs of extensive dental work later, it’s an easy choice to make.
The benefits of regular cleanings
By getting your teeth cleaned every six months, you can ward off a host of potential issues and help safeguard your general health as well. Studies show that good oral health can help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, and improve other areas of health as well, from your lung function to your blood sugar levels. Keeping your mouth bacteria-free is just good for you, period.
Besides the general health benefits, your dental cleaning is a chance for your dentist to look for any issues with your teeth or gums. A twice-annual checkup can spot cavities before they reach the tooth root, investigate for signs of oral cancer or other diseases, and verify your teeth are still properly aligned and your bite is functional.
What to expect at your dental cleaning
If you’ve been keeping up with your at-home oral hygiene regimen, your dental cleaning should be no big deal. We’ll check to see if you’re due for any radiographs, a hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, and your dentist will do a quick check for any signs of decay or disease. Then you’ll have a clean bill of oral health for another six months.
Skipped your last appointment? No problem, no judgment, and no worries. We’ll get you caught up and back on track, and if you’re anxious we can help with that too. Just let us know your concerns when you book your appointment.
You can schedule a dental cleaning by calling 202-833-1111, or visit the contact page for more information.