Meng-Chieh Lee D.D.S., M.M.Sc.

Spring Cleaning: the Dental Edition

Happy Spring from BRAIDC!

Today, March 20th is the first day of spring! This is the time of year when people usually start their spring cleaning. Maybe you have plans to scrub the floors, clean out the attic, or put away your winter clothes. Regardless of your plans to tidy up, there’s often one area that people forget about: their smile. So, when you start your spring cleaning this year, don’t forget about your teeth!

Do I Need a Cleaning if I Brush and Floss Daily?

To put it simply, the answer is YES! While brushing and flossing are essential parts of your daily routine, there are certain nooks and crannies that you simply can’t reach on your own. Using a small mirror and a variety of tools, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar around your gum line and between your teeth.

The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

A brighter smile. During your routine cleaning, stains, and plaque that dull the color of your teeth will be lessened or removed.

Healthy gums. Routine cleanings help to prevent gum disease and tooth loss down the road. Over time, plaque moves down the tooth and can destroy the root, increasing the chances of tooth loss.

Overall Health. Did you know that gum disease is linked to cardiovascular disease? Healthy gums promote a healthy heart, so it’s important to keep them in good shape.

Preventative Care. During your professional cleaning, your dentist will be able to locate any potential problems that could escalate down the road. Broken fillings, chips, and fractures, cavities – your dentist will identify the issues and go over your options for treatment.

Many dental insurance plans cover cleanings, so take advantage of your treatment!

If you’re overdue for a cleaning, schedule an appointment as soon as you can to keep your smile bright and healthy. Learn more about our cleanings and exams here!

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