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You may have watched as your dental insurance premiums have gone up. But what if we told you there is an insurance available to you with very little monetary cost and just a small amount of your time. Preventive dentistry, in particular, regular teeth cleaning, may be the only insurance you need for a lifetime of good dental health.

It seems simple but the small, everyday investment of maintaining good oral health throughout your lifetime can reduce a future of costly dental procedures. Of course, brushing and flossing are important on a daily basis for the best dental hygiene, but often these aren’t enough. Getting in for a preventive check-up with your dentist twice a year is important to ensure that there are no hidden problems. With regular teeth cleanings, we can work as partners in your daily oral hygiene.

So why is a preventive dental exam with regular teeth cleaning an important aspect of good dental health?

Prevent Buildup of Plaque and Tartar

Even with daily brushing and flossing, it is impossible to remove every bit of plaque that will eventually harden into tartar. The longer it remains on your teeth, the harder it becomes to remove with brushing or flossing. When tartar builds and pushes under the gum line, it can then become even more problematic in the way of gingivitis or even periodontal problems. A thorough teeth cleaning gets to all these hidden places to remove dental plaque that your brush or floss may miss.

Catching Dental Issues Before They Become Larger Problems

At a regular exam and teeth cleaning, your dentist will be able to catch potential problems and warning signs before they become bigger issues. Small pockets of gum problems or cavities can be addressed before they become large dental problems requiring more intensive — and expensive — solutions. With a bi-annual preventive teeth cleaning, these small problems can be caught before they become large ones.

Your Dental Health is Linked to Your Overall Health

Poor oral health can be indicative of poor overall health. We now know that many health symptoms can often begin in the mouth  Dental professionals now understand common risk factors between oral health and overall general health and are often on the first line of defense with a teeth cleaning to detect inflammation that can also cause diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Science has already made the correlation between periodontitis and coronary artery disease.

Social Implications

In today’s world, we put a great amount of social worth on looks. A stained set of teeth can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness that can affect every area of your life including your social relationships. A thorough teeth cleaning not only helps with aesthetics but also the emotional issues that stem from stained and unsightly teeth.

Preventive dentistry and bi-annual teeth cleaning can be a simple and affordable way to “insure” a lifetime of good dental health at a cost that is far less expensive than dental restoration. At Alta Dental, you can be assured of the very best preventive dental care available in Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Hollywood, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Miramar. Call the professionals at Alta Dental to see how we can get you on the path of good dental health for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

 

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