Ever since kindergarten, we were taught to brush regularly in order to have healthy gums and teeth. While it is good that you have good oral hygiene at home, it is also important to develop a habit of visiting your dentist around three to six months, regularly. Why is this so? Regular cleanings are important because it ensures that you have healthy teeth and gums. Oral hygiene at home should be accompanied by professional cleaning.
Why do I need to see a dentist when I can just brush my teeth?
Well for starters, dentists are trained professionals and they have special equipment and tools to ensure that even the hard-to-reach areas are cleaned. Usually, we go to the dentist when we need extraction or if we have toothache. But these things can be prevented if you regularly have your teeth cleaned and checked by a dentist. Most of the time, tartar and plaque build-up still exists especially in teeth areas that are hard to reach. If not treated, these may cause bad breath, form cavities and might even lead to gum disease.
Is it expensive?
Dental cleaning also known as dental prophylaxis is usually covered by dental or health insurance. Dental cleanings are not usually pricey. But if you don’t have your insurance, it won’t hurt to set aside dental money for every three to six months. This is cheaper compared to spending a lot of money for extractions and other dental treatment to treat diseases just because you did not maintain good oral hygiene.
Also, confidence and peace of mind are something that cannot be bought by money. It is always a big confidence boost knowing that when you smile, your teeth and gums are in its pink of health. It gives us peace of mind knowing that our healthy teeth and gums will not lead to cavity and diseases. Many Calgary dentists offer competitive fees and there are a variety of dentists to choose from.
When do I know if it’s time to see the dentist?
Well, it depends but the more regular it is, the better. According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), the usual period is three to six months but of course, these will vary depending on the suggestion of your dentist. Some patients need more regular treatment because of bad oral hygiene and lifestyle. That is why it is good to remember that regular dental cleaning should be accompanied with good oral hygiene at home.